GOODEN, Stephen. MOORE, George. ~ The Brook Kerith. A Syrian Story with twelve engravings by Stephen Gooden.
First illustrated Edition. No.251 of 375 copies, signed by Moore and Gooden. 12 original copper engravings (nine full-page). Tall 8vo, original full vellum, gilt lettering on spine, unopend and untrimmed, in the original card slipcase. Few dark spots on the vellum and slipcase rather worn but otherwise a very good, crisp copy.
Together with: A set of 12 proof copper engraved plates in a portfolio signed and dated 1927 and 1928 by Gooden on each plate. Large folio, in the original brown buckram portfolio lettered in gilt on the upper cover. All in fine condition.
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.
Obviously of the greatest rarity and in extremely good condition.