THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS: A Fantasy: Timlin William M THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS: A Fantasy: Timlin William M THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS: A Fantasy: Timlin William M THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS: A Fantasy: Timlin William M


Timlin William M

Published by London George G. Harrap and Company Limited [1923], 1923
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First and only edition of the period, not reprinted till the 1990s. Only 2000 copies were printed, 250 of which were distributed with the Stokes imprint in America. Comprised of 96 leaves of heavy paper stock, on 48 of them are tipped the author's decorative text plates, printed in multiple colours, the other 48 with his spectacular tipped-in colour plates. Large 4to, original olive paper-covered boards, printed on the upper cover in brown-black, backed in Japan vellum lavishly lettered and pictorially decorated in gilt. [96ff, text and plates] A beautiful copy, all very fine with just the lightest of mellowing to the paper-covered boards, the spine clean and bright with vivid gilt. SCARCE FIRST AND ONLY EDITION OF THIS BOOK WHICH HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE OF HONOUR AS A CLASSIC OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF ILLUSTRATION. While Tamlim may not be as famous as Dulac or Rackham, his evocative and sometimes astonishing illustrations to his only work of fiction have made this title a prize of collectors. The scarcity is even greater then would be expected as some of the publisher's stock was destroyed, along with most of the original paintings, in a warehouse fire. Timlin's only fiction, THE SHIP THAT SAILED TO MARS is a fantasy novella which also incorporates elements of science fiction. Timlin worked on the story for two years, it began as a diversion for his son in 1921. The work expanded until in its final form, 48 pages of text and 48 colour plates showing remarkable flights of fantasy. Timlin sent the book to publishers George Harrap, who were delighted with both the illustrations and the calligraphic text and decided to print it without typesetting. The book has since become a legend of the fantasy genre. The author's primary career was as an architect and illustrator. He was born in Britain and began his training at the College of Art in Newcastle. In 1912, he joined his parents in South Africa where he completed his training in art and architecture. He remained in South Africa for rest of his life. Timlin designed a number of important buildings in Kimberley including Kimberley Boys' High School while pursuing his interest in art, turning out a large number of watercolour fantasies in addition to oils, pastels, etchings and periodical illustrations. His work was regularly exhibited. He also illustrated many South African travel books. Bookseller Inventory # 27255

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Publisher: London George G. Harrap and Company Limited [1923]

Publication Date: 1923

Binding: Hardcover

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