First edition, first printing published in 1908 by Hutchinson & Co, London. 316pp + 31pp publisher's catalogue bound in at the rear. VG++ Original pictorial, slate blue cloth depicting a beautiful female figure manifesting through a swirl of vapour, set against ghostly white title fonts. The same font is gilt stamped to the spine. The boards have retained deep colour, very little wear to the corners or spine tips, no marking to the cloth, the titles and pictorial designs are fresh and bold, the gilt titles to the spine are also unusually bright. The pages are tightly bound and very clean, some toning to the ep's and a few spots of foxing only, light stains to the block. Whitley's, London circulating library label to the rear ep. A superior copy of a rare title. Felix Ryark was the pseudonym of Irish author Jane Barlow. 


*"Mystical novel. Cambodia and the land beyond the veil. After the death of his mother, Denis keeps a promise that he made to his mother on her death bed: he plays a certain kind of music for seven nights in succession in Cambodia. The music opens a gateway to a strange land into which Denis passes. There, death does not exist, but people dissapear suddenly in conjunction with the haunting music". (Bleiler 1425) This synopsis, concerning weird, otherwordly music and mists of fog immediately made me think of Lovecraft's 'The Music of Erich Zann' but this is essentially a lost race novel with an altogether more dreamy, mystical flavour.  

A Strange Land by Felix Ryark