First edition, in the original dust jacket, of this gorgeous outlier of the Golden Age of Illustration, a fantasy of interplanetary travel by South African architect William Timlin.
Fine in very good jacket.
THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS
An Old Man fulfills the dream of his youth, "sailing by way of the Moon, and the more friendly planets" on his way to the Shining City of Mars. The ship of the title, designed by the aged engineer but built by fairies, captures the tale's balance of science fiction and fantasy: one iconic plate depicts the ship, whose design hearkens back to the Age of Discovery, outrunning the magnificent flare of a meteor. The only work authored by Timlin, THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS secured his reputation alongside prolific professional illustrators like Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, and Kay Nielsen. A beautiful copy of a strikingly original space odyssey.
London: George G. Harrap & Company, . Quarto. 12'' x 9''. Original quarter vellum, grey printed paper boards, spine lettered and ornamented in gilt. In original printed dust jacket. 96 leaves of heavy grey paper, containing 48 mounted pages of printed lettering in Timlin's hand and 48 mounted full color illustrations. Jacket lacks 2'' x 2'' piece on spine, some closed tears, one with attendant tape repair on verso. Book beautiful with only a hint of toning to extremities.
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