London: George G. Harrap, no date . [Children's Fantasy] FIRST EDITION. Quarto (31 x 24cm). 48 pages of text, and 48 colour plates illustrated by the author, all mounted on thick grey leaves. Publisher's quarter vellum with elaborate gilt titles and decoration to spine, and grey paper-covered boards titled to upper. Black ink ownership to fly-leaf. Light toning and spotting to endpapers and edges; internally fine. One very minor crack to head of spine, otherwise vellum remains in excellent condition - perhaps slightly toned. Light wear and marking to boards. Very good. William Mitcheson Timlin was born in Northumberland, England, and studied art in Newcastle before following his parents to South Africa, where he completed his studies in art and architecture. He then practised as an architect, designing a number of major public buildings in Kimberley. At the same time he worked as an artist, producing paintings, etchings and pastels of conventional subjects, in addition to the watercolour fantasies for which is he best known. He also wrote stories and music, and did periodical illustrations. In 1923 he published 'The Ship that Sailed to Mars', which has become a fantasy classic. Item #59042
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