First US edition, printed from British sheets but with cancel title page with the same date, this is one of a few copies sent to the US to secure copyright.
Very good plus.
AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND
The story was serialized beginning in 1868 in a children's magazine GOOD WORDS FOR THE YOUNG. A fantasy adventure about a young boy named Diamond who flies to another country on the back of the lady North Wind, this book would be an important influence on the likes of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. A masterpiece of children's fantasy literature.
New York: George Routledge & Sons, 1871. 7'' x 5''. Original blue cloth stamped in gold and black. Light orange coated endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated by Arthur Hughes with many detailed line illustrations throughout the text. viii, 378 pages. Front hinge, rear joint, and spine tips almost invisibly repaired. Chip at head of spine, binding lightly rubbed with slight lean and corner bump. Really a nice bright copy.
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