Very Good. Item #5564
Boston: Robert Brothers, 1890. Limited Edition. Large Octavo. 378 pages plus 16 pages of untitled addendum and epilogue. Frontispiece portrait with tissue guard.
Scarce large paper copy, one of 500 copies printed. Publisher’s white cloth over brown paper boards with gilt decoration to spine and front. Top edge gilt; decorative floral endpapers.
Spine slightly darkened with a few forgivable stains. Edges gently rubbed and corners lightly worn.
An early modern fantasy novel, Morris would develop many of these themes in his later work, The Roots of the Mountains and The Wood Beyond the World.
J.R.R. Tolkien cited The House of the Wolfings as an influence on the Lord of the Rings, and parallels can be seen in each author's use of Old English place names, aversion to mechanization, and portrayal of the hero.
A bright and tight copy of an important work of which Oscar Wilde said in his review, "In days of uncouth realism and unimaginative imitation, it is a high pleasure to welcome a work of this kind. It is a work in which all lovers of literature cannot fail to delight."