THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS. William M. Timlin.
THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS
THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS
THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS
THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS
THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS
THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS
THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS
THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS

THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS

London: George G. Harrap & Co, (1923). Vellum Binding. near Very Good binding. Item #6426

Folio. 96 leaves. First edition, one of 2000 copies. As issued, backed in cream parchment with gray paper boards; gilt title vignette stamped to the spine and title stamped in dark gray on the front board. Board edges and corners are a trifle worn; there is some mellowing to the parchment spine, a bit more pronounced on the lower portion of the back board; additionally, there is some silverfishing to the parchment on the boards; spine and titling are fairly bright. Previous owner address label on the front pastedown; top corner of most leaves are bumped, not affecting the tipped on plate; contents are solid, clean, and complete. A notoriously fragile book, this is a much nicer copy of this book than typically found.

An astonishing work by the South African architect consisting of 48 mounted illustrations and 48 mounted calligraphic plates telling a fantastic tale. John Howe in his introduction to a modern facsimile (Calla Editions, 2011) writes, "In every way, 'The Ship that Sailed to Mars,' is a book unique. Neither science fiction nor fairy tale, neither for children nor for adults" (p vi.). Howe quotes Dalby's 'The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration' in summarizing the importance of Timlin's work, calling it "the most original and beautiful children's book of the 1920s" (p. x). Howe goes on to write "Timlin's illustrations are rightly compared to those of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. His masterful use of composition can only be compared to W. Russell Flint's Morte d'Arthur. His architectures rival the best work of Sidney Sime and his monstrous creatures would not be out of place in the work of Jose Segrelles. Only the rarity and singular nature of his unique book wrongly deprives him of a more ample--and amply merited--entry in the who's who of twentieth-century illustrators" (p. x). Nicely housed in recent full cloth slipcase.

Price: $1,100.00