The Ship Of Ishtar.

By: Merritt, A.

Price: £400.00

Quantity: 1 available

Grading: Neat brief gift inscription in top corner of front free endpaper, else a fine copy in a fairly good dustjacket (essentially complete) with shallow chipping along top of spine (not affecting spine lettering) and 6cm closed tear along the bottom spine edge, and another 4cm closed tear along top of front fold.


Classic fantasy novel. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v-vi 1 [2] 3-326 [327-328: blank] [note: final leaf is a blank]. Currey A) binding of ''red-brown mesh weave cloth with orange lettering, top edge not stained (dedication copy so bound): this book is found in numerous variant bindings, no priority established''. In Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books no 36. Although Wentz notes 'several printings' and G. Gordon Dewey in Fantasy Advertiser, December 1948 notes five 'printings', there was but a single printing. ''Putnam had been unable to sell a pitifully small edition of a thousand copies of The Ship of Ishtar in book form and the sheets for the last three hundred copies were finally purchased by Munsey, and were bound and distributed to readers of Argosy-All-Story Magazine.'' (Sam Moskowitz, Explorers of the Infinite: Cleveland: World, 1963, p. 203''.

''The Ship of Ishtar (1924; 1926) foreshadows modern heroic fantasy in its use of a Secondary World and an ongoing struggle between Good and Evil, here personified as Ishtar and Nergal. The victory ultimately won by Good is Pyrrhic, and the happy ending seems contrived for propriety's sake. This downbeat tendency in Merrit's work became increasingly evident, although his editors did their utmost to thwart it'' (Brian Stableford/Encyclopedia of Fantasy): ''the most romantic of Merritt's works. Very uneven as a novel. Sometimes fascinating, sometimes dull; pretentious, yet with a knowing wink of humor now and then; finely imagined, if not always executed.'' (Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1157).

Title: The Ship Of Ishtar.

Author Name: Merritt, A.

Categories: Other,

Edition: First edition (Currey A binding)..

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons: NY.: 1926.

Binding: Hardcover.

Grading: Neat brief gift inscription in top corner of front free endpaper, else a fine copy in a fairly good dustjacket (essentially complete) with shallow chipping along top of spine (not affecting spine lettering) and 6cm closed tear along the bottom spine edge, and another 4cm closed tear along top of front fold.

Seller ID: 19043