London; (1922): Jonathen Cape. First Edition. Octavo. Item #028012
The author's first book of fiction. Frontispiece, 446 pages. Illustrated by Keith Henderson. Eddison began writing novels of fantasy while engaged in a career for the civil service. His first novel, The Worm Ouroboros published in 1922 established him as a serious writer devoted to a fully imagined world of fantasy. Some have speculated that this work influenced Tolkien. Lewis also thought highly of this book. An occasional member of the Inklings who like his friend Tolkien was devoted to Old Norse which begins to be seen in his Norse sage, Styrbiorn the Strong followed by A Fish dinner in Memison which appeared in 1941. He died in 1945 before finishing The Mezentian Gate which was partially issued as a first edition in 1958. A classic fantasy novel set on Mercury. Bound in black cloth centrally stamped in gilt deping a peguses, spine lettering gilt, endpapers stamped with a black lizard like snake, light wear to corners and spine ends,[Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 599. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 32].