351 pp. Good, original 1st edition. Spine-cocked book. Black cloth covers, rubbed, with wear to edges, and some fraying to corners. Block clean, with normal age discolouration. Binding remains good, with a few instances of leaves showing possible start of spine cracking. There is an old "Foyles" sticker to front paste-down, and some faint library date stampings to ffep, which also has a previous owner's name. Whilst there is some foxing and smudges to early pages, and to a few others throughout, the text and pages are mostly in very good order, with no marks, tears or annotations noted.
"Lilith is a figure in Jewish mythology, developed earliest in the Babylonian Talmud (3rd to 5th century CE). Lilith is often envisioned as a dangerous demon of the night, who is sexually wanton, and who steals babies in the darkness.
George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet and Christian minister, being a pioneering figure in the field of modern fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. MacDonald was a Christian universalist, believing that all will eventually be saved.
In this fantasy novel, MacDonald employed the character of Lilith in service to a spiritual drama about sin and redemption, in which Lilith finds a hard-won salvation. Many of the traditional characteristics of Lilith mythology are present in the author's depiction: Long dark hair, pale skin, a hatred and fear of children and babies, and an obsession with gazing at herself in a mirror. MacDonald's Lilith also has vampiric qualities: she bites people and sucks their blood for sustenance. Lilith is considered among the darkest of MacDonald's works, and among the most profound, a story concerning the nature of life, death, and salvation. MacDonald mentions a cosmic sleep that heals tortured souls, preceding the salvation of all." (Source Wikipedia.)