First edition, first printing published in 1935 by Hutchinson.

 

Condition: Book: Fine, 315pp + publisher's catalogue bound in at the rear dated Spring 1935.

Original publisher's green cloth boards with gilt stamped titles to the upper board and spine. The cloth is deep in colour and very fresh, the titles bold, book corners very sharp, the lightest pushing to the spine tips, spine has dulled ever so slightly. Toning to the endpapers otherwise this copy appears unread, the pages are tight and flush, no inscriptions or marks whatsoever. Superb.

 

Dustjacket: Fine, priced at 7/6 net. A remarkably crisp copy of the jacket, the faintest of edgewear only. The majority of the jacket has remained bright white with no fading or foxing, the spine has no fading/dulling whatsoever. The exquistely eerie jacket artwork is by Lance Cattermole and was featured in a V&A Museum article on Supernatural Folklore. Weird, supernatural fantasy set in Epping Forest. 

 

"- the strange 'she-thing of wonder' - who descended so suddenly to create turmoil in a snobbish Garden City, is one of the most vivid and attractive charcaters which Maragert Baillie Saunders has ever introduced in her long succession of novels. Known as Ethné Brent, the singer of the fortune tent, she is hailed severally as elf, witch, ghost, Madonna and what not, by many bewildered neighbours, and stirs the smug little colony of Sunsoken to strange deeds and queer repudiations."

 

'Then he took to his heels and ran for his life. Afterwards he declared that what he saw when he peeped through the hedge was an eerie face hanging, bodiless, in a bower of Travellers' Joy, and singing an unearthly song. That the face was that of a beautiful young woman, and that it's extremeties simply melted away into a silvery cloud of wild clematis (Yet a girl with forward-bent head, standing in a creeper-covered porch, wearing a dark cloak or covering, would appear so disembodied in faint moonlight' 

 

 

JILL-O'-THE-WISP by Margaret Baillie Saunders

£750.00Price