The Roots of the Mountains: Wherein Is Told Somewhat Of The Lives Of The Men Of Burgdale Their Friends Their Neighbours Their Foemen And Their Fellows In Arms.
Category: First edition
London, Reeves and Turner. 1890.
Limited edition; 4to; original 'honeysuckle' Morris designed cloth, gilt lettering to spine. The Roots of the Mountains is perhaps the first modern fantasy work to unite an imaginary world with an element of the supernatural, and is thus regarded as a precursor to much present-day fantasy literature. In his introduction to a later edition of this book, Graham Seaman suggests that Morris's fantasy novel was a direct influence on Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'. Morris himself was pleased with the look of it, writing to his daughter that 'it was the best looking book produced since the seventeenth century'. With the bookplate of David Whitelaw (1875–1970) British writer, editor and illustrator, to the front paste down and a gift inscription to Whitelaw from his wife to the front free endpaper. A near fine copy, spine very slightly darkened a little spotting to the edge of the text block.