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1891 George Macdonald : A Rough Shaking : First Edition Illustrated

1891 George Macdonald : A Rough Shaking : First Edition Illustrated

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A Rough Shaking

By George Macdonald

This is the first British single volume edition from 1891, following its serialization in the Atalanta magazine, 1889.

London: Blackie & Son, 1891. First Edition. Hardback, 8vo, decorative cloth over bevel-edged boards, brown clay endpapers, 384 pages. 32pp catalogue to rear, Illustrated with a frontispiece and eleven other full-page plates by W. Parkinson.


A very good first edition. The cloth binding is in good condition as can be seen in the images provided. Endpapers good with a closed tear to the edge of the front free endpaper. All contents present including all 12 plates. Pages clean throughout with perhaps the odd grubby mark or thumb mark to the ocassional margin. Overall a very good first edition.

George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. Though no longer a household name, his works (particularly his fairy tales and fantasy novels) have inspired deep admiration in such notables as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Madeleine L'Engle. C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master." Even Mark Twain, who initially despised MacDonald, became friends with him. MacDonald grew up influenced by his Congregational Church, with an atmosphere of Calvinism. But MacDonald never felt comfortable with some aspects of Calvinist doctrine. Later novels, such as Robert Falconer (1868) and Lilith (1895), show a distaste for the Calvinist idea that God's electing love is limited to some and denied to others. Especially in his Unspoken Sermons (1867-89) he shows a highly developed theology. His best-known works are Phantastes (1858), At the Back of the North Wind (1871) and The Princess and the Goblin (1872), all fantasy novels, and fairy tales such as - The Light Princess (1867), The Golden Key (1867), and The Wise Woman (1875).

(Loc: Blue shelf; nr desk; 3rd shelf up )
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