And long before the stars had paled from any touch of the dawn he came to the barrier that divides our fields from the home of such things as him, and leaping forward out of the earthly night, and high through the barrier of twilight, he arrived on all fours on his natal soil in the ageless day of Elfland. --Lord Dunsany/The King of Elfland's Daughter

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I sent to the United Kingdom for this gem.  It had a couple "extras" enclosed.  It is an odd, sometimes insane, thing being a collector.  But I am very happy to posses all three Putnam vellum's in their dj's.
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Back when we were younger and more adventurous we traveled a great deal around the Northwest and whatever city we were going to I researched to see what bookstores they might have so we could visit.  We rolled into Bellingham, just south of the Canadian border and found a bookstore but it contained nothing but modern 1sts and paperbacks.  Disappointed, I told the shopkeeper the kinds of books I was interested in. If you ever asked that question knowing you were in the wrong bookstore and expecting the glazed and bored response you know what I mean.  Instead they mentioned a private bookstore in a Victorian house that we might be interested in.  They called the owners who invited us over.  This was the Old London Bookshop run by Michael and Gingyr Schon.  They welcomed us inside and gave us tea and a wonderful chocolate brownie and we spoke of books for awhile.  Every square inch of the Victorian house was full of books with different rooms for specific genres.  Everything was neat and tidy and organized.  So we went to the sci fi/ fantasy room and I found this Jorkens book and the Leiber.  Rita recalls there were other books we put back that we couldn't afford.  What I remember most was the charm and friendliness of those two sweet people who shared their home with books and cats and welcomed kindred spirits in and made us feel at home.  Michael has since passed but Gingyr still carries on.  When I read the Dunsany it takes me back to that store and its charm.  Time had no meaning there and couldn't touch us. 
We encourage you to join and take an active part in keeping the magic and truth of Dunsany alive by participating.  Dunsany has much to teach us and many who need to learn from him.  Perhaps you can share your experiences of where you bought a Dunsany and if a story or memory surrounds it.
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Before Amazon and Alibris, one of my distinct pleasures was "book-tiquing"--finding hole-in-the wall used bookstores when I traveled. And I often searched for works by Lord Dunsany.  In Hollowell, Maine,  there once squatted a cubby hole of a bookshop, wedged between two Victorian brick buildings behind which the gurgle of a broad river could be heard.  When I stopped there on my way to another town and another appointment, it was a grey day and a gray man ran the shop. If there is a "Shop on Go-By Street" in our world, this may have been it. The proprietor frowned when I asked him if he had anything by Baron Dunsany.  He directed me to a corner where there were sun-faded copies of "If" and " Rory and Bran" and "Plays For Earth and Men."  I already owned copies of these.  Still, I carefully picked them up and sampled a sentence here, a verse there.  There must have been something in my face that softened the bookseller's heart; for  when I turned to leave, he told me to wait and disappeared into the shadowed back of the store.  He returned with the oversize vellum G P Putnam limited edition of "The King of Elfland's Daughter", with dust jacket, and with signatures by both Dunsany and Sidney Sime!  I'd never seen a book so beautiful.  The proprietor  actually smiled at my reaction.  He said he'd been holding on to the book for many years. He'd never placed it out for view.  It was not a book he'd wanted the idly curious to paw at.  In a way, he said, he'd been waiting for me.
Its price?  More than I had ever paid for any book.  Being of humbler means at the time, I feared my good wife, the overseer of our family finances, would put ME on the remainder rack if I wrote a check for that amount.  So I didn't.  I wrote two checks a couple months apart.  :)  And I've never regretted the purchase  (although I might if the missus sees this post). :)
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I wanted to share another Dunsany with an interesting inscription that relates to Irish literature.  An inscription from Plays of Gods and Men from the sister of Yeats to a cousin.
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Sometimes the best thing about getting a book for your colloection is what you find written inside or tucked in somewhere; ephemera.  Here's a copy of The Old Folk of the Centuries with a laid in review slip from the publisher.  I invite you to share photos of any Dunsany books with something cool you found inside.
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A test title page for The Charwoman's Shadow.  I hope some day to release a version of this book duplicating the vellum bound  limited editions from Putnam in the early 1920's.
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I just recently finished reading The Charwoman's Shadow.  LOVED it!  Dunsany gets a lot of recognition for his exceptional short stories, but I think some of his novels are fantastic as well!

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#LordDunsany   shares through his potent writing the ability of creating a portal which transports us into the very setting of the story itself.  Anyone who has walked a lonely road lost in thought will recognize this realm. The smell of the wet pavement - rain on stone.  The feel of footsteps meandering as the mind follows its own fancy...

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