Title The Secret Mountain And Other Tales (in first binding state of ''Faber & Gwyer + dj).
Book Condition First and last couple of pages browning with light spotting, else a fine copy in a near fine dustjacket with several short (1cm-2cm) closed tears and light creasing along the top edges.
Edition First edition (& 1st binding).
Publisher Faber & Gwyer: London. 1926.
Seller ID 41168
Octavo, pp. [1-12] 13-199 [200: blank], eight inserted plates with illustrations in color by K. Romney Towndrow, original decorated black cloth, front and spine panel stamped in gold, top edge stained black, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First binding with ''Faber & Gwyer'' printed at base of spine panel (a later binding states ''Faber & Faber''). The author's second book and the only collection of his short fiction published during his lifetime. A very uncommon book.
''(1879-1937) UK writer born and raised in Wales; he was active in Theosophy all his adult life, and was employed by the Universal Brotherhood and Theosophical Society in California 1908-30, there doing almost all of his creative work. Though he wrote three novels, 40 stories, a number of plays and considerable nonfiction, he published only two books beyond Theosophical circles, and seemed indifferent to worldly success. The stories assembled as THE SECRET MOUNTAIN AND OTHER TALES (1926) were selected from work written after 1914, and generally promulgate Theosophical principles with unobtrusive and supple tact. The world of the senses can be understood as manifesting a stage of meaning, a phase in the progression towards a higher reality, but with full Reality always immanent. Mortality is generally contrasted with immortality as a matter of choice: mortals choose to serve, immortals choose transcendence. The settings run from the Wales of Celtic fantasy, with which the author is most closely associated, through Greece, Rome, India and China. Sages and other liminal beingsS offer gnomic advice, and point the way upwards. The narratives tend to serenity'' (John Clute/Enyclopedia Of Fantasy).