Wright, Austin Tappan. New York and Toronto: Farrar & Rinehart, 1942. 1st edition. Tan cloth, with jacket. 1013 pp. 8vo. Very good+ in a very good+ jacket.

Super scarce utopian work from Wright. Endpapers emblazoned with a map of Islandia. Woven cloth volume stamped in gilt and black, with the fore-edges rough-cut. Scattered shelf and edge wear, but with a tight, crisp interior. Unclipped jacket; tear to the spine tail and chipping to the front flap and along the edges.

[Islandia] centers on a young American who moves to Islandia, only to find himself less and less American as time passes, more and more Islandian. It delineates in microscopic detail Islandia’s culture, its genealogies, its social structures, its terrain, its customs, its literature. As an act of obsessive world-building, closely imagined, scholarly, dense, scrupulous, it’s hard to think of anything comparable to it other than J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

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