The Star-born is a book about good and evil, about what we are doing here on earth and why, contained within the more obvious context of the second coming of a Christ figure – the ‘Khristos’ factor – to earth. The whole book is mystical and visionary. Henry Williamson uses the concept of stars (an important theme in much of his work) and one born from the stars – from ‘Beyond’ – within which to present his ideas. The story, a 'celestial fantasy', is set in the real world at Lydford in Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor, and its gorge and castle keep. The descriptions of the scenery and natural world are superb, but there is the added dimension of another world – a Spirit world – inhabited by the Wind, Water and Air Spirits with ‘Quill’ the archetypal bird spirit. The book is enhanced through the numerous beautiful wood engravings by CF Tunnicliffe. This is the first edition, the cheap edition without the vellum end-papers and gilt top edge, but is otherwise the same. Th book condition is fair. The dust jacket is complete but shows signs of wear and tear, the cloth boards are good and the spine is in good condition. The pages are good, with some foxing, but largely clean and crisp commensurate with age. The wood engravings are in lovely condition. Has previous owner's book plate on the title page.