First edition, first printing published 1926 by Jonathan Cape,
Condition: Book: Vg+, 284pp, 8vo. Publisher's navy blue cloth, Henderson vignette to upper board stamped in gilt, publisher's device blind-stamped to lower, backstrip lettered in gilt with slight knock at head of upper joint, edges untrimmed and a little toned, cloth clean and fresh. Henderson designs repeated on endpapers which have some ghosting. Contents clean and tightly bound.
Dust-jacket: Vg- dusty with secured, arcing split to top half of spine panel, small tape repair to verso of spine (bottom edge), the adhesive offset a little to cloth. Panels are clean, very light chipping to the hinge corners and spine tips, spine very lightly toned. It's a handsome copy, scarce in jacket, an atrractive copy of this important Fantasy title, which inspired (as did his other works) the Inklings,
J R R TOLKIEN and C S LEWIS.
*E.R. Eddison (1882-1945) was a civil servant, Norse scholar and author of heroic fantasy. And it is for his fantasy works that he will be remembered. His best-known work is THE WORM OUROBOROS, a heroic high fantasy novel first published in 1922. C.S. Lewis described The Worm Ouroboros [in a Jacobean pastiche] as the most noble and joyous book I have read these ten years , and J.R.R. Tolkien called Eddison, the greatest and most convincing writer of invented worlds that I have read STYRBIORN THE STRONG is a modern re-imagining of a Norse saga, inspired by the few tantalizing glimpses of this heroic character in the saga literature. In 1926, Eddison s friend, Arthur Ransome (author of Swallows and Amazons) wrote, In Styrbiorn he is following to its source one of the main streams of his inspiration. The new book of Eddison s, wholly different in conception [from The Worm Ouroboros] but with the same Scandinavian roots, will weave a similar spell over those whose hearts are in the north, as his is.