John Lane the Bodley Head, London, 1933. First edition, 1st impression. Cloth Bound Boards. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 1174 pages plus 2 pages of publisher's advertisements. Black hard cover with red titles to front cover and spine, top page edge black. Condition good, corners and edges rubbed, spine faded, stained and bearing small tears at the external corners. Inscription to fep. Binding firm, hinges sound, contents clean.
This is the second of his "Wessex" series of novels and it is a true first edition.
"A Glastonbury Romance", first published in 1932, is his masterwork, an epic novel of terrific cumulative force and lyrical intensity. In it, he probes the mystical and spiritual ethos of the small English village of Glastonbury, and the effect upon its inhabitants of a mythical tradition from the remotest past of human history - the legend of the Grail. Powys's rich iconography interweaves the ancient with the modern, the historical with the legendary, and the imaginative within man with the natural world outside him to create a book of astonishing scope and beauty.