GOODEN, Stephen. MOORE, George. ~ The Brook Kerith. A Syrian Story with twelve engravings by Stephen Gooden.
First illustrated Edition. No.54 of 375 copies, signed by Moore and Gooden. 12 original copper engravings (nine full-page). Tall 8vo, original full vellum, gilt lettering on spine, untrimmed. Few dark spots on the vellum as usual, edges a little darkened, otherwise good.
In 1913 the important Irish author George Moore (1852-1933) journeyed to Jerusalem to research background for his novel The Brook Kerith. This book is based on the supposition that a non-divine Christ did not die on the cross but was nursed back to health and eventually travelled to India to learn wisdom which obviously embroiled Moore in considerable controversy.” Moore importance was huge. According to Richard Ellmann he heavily influenced Joyce and is often referred to as the first great modern Irish novelist.