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Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women

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Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women

by George MacDonald

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London: Smith, Elder and Co, 1858 . First edition. Leather. Near Fine. 8" by 5.5". None. A wonderful copy of the first edition of George MacDonald's most well known work, about a young man who is pulled into a dreamlike world and there hunts for the 'Marble Lady'. A beautifully bound first edition of this celebrated fantasy novel.Retaining the original half title. Lacking the publisher's advertisements to the rear of the work, which determine issue.MacDonald was best known for his fantasy novels, including 'The Princess and the Goblin', and also wrote poetry, literary criticism and sermons, and was a popular lecturer.C. S. Lewis wrote about reading the work for the first time at the age of sixteen 'that night my imagination was, in a certain sense, baptized; the rest of me[,] not unnaturally, took longer'. He credited it with setting him on the road to his eventual conversion to Christianity.In his first work of prose fiction, MacDonald presents a stunning tale about a young man who lives through many adventures and temptations while in search of his ideal of female beauty, in this work inspired by German Romanticism.A wonderful copy of this celebrated work of fantasy. Rebound in half calf, with cloth covered boards. Endpapers renewed. Externally, fine. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and generally clean, with instances of light handling marks to page perimeters. Near Fine


Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women is a fantasy novel written by George MacDonald, first published in London in 1858. It was later reprinted in paperback by Ballantine Books as the fourteenth volume of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in April 1970. The story centres on the character Anodos ("pathless" or "ascent" in Greek) and takes its inspiration from German Romanticism, particularly Novalis.


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Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women
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8" by 5.5"
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