Author: Anya Seton
Illustrator: William Hofmann
Year: 1966 (First Edition)
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Remarks: 1st British edition
Book Condition: Excellent
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Description: Rumon, descendant of Charlemagne and of King Alfred, was a searcher. He had visions of the Islands of the Blessed, perhaps King Arthur's Avalon "where falls not hail, or rain, or any snow". Rumon came from Provençe to visit the court of his cousin, King Edgar, and so began a quest that was to last his whole life, take him to far places, bring him joy, sorrow, privation, and honour.
Merewyn grew up in savage Cornwall. A lonely girl, sustained by stubborn courage and pride in her descent from King Arthur. Chance – or fate – in the form of a shipwreck off the Cornish coast brought Rumon and Merewyn together and from that hour their lives were intertwined.
The stories of Rumon and Merewyn are spun out against a broad background of history and places, including Greenland, Iceland, and North America. It is a saga of yearning and mystery, tragedy, saintliness, and love.
Illustrated pastedowns and endpapers contain hand-drawn white/blue monochrome maps detailing Rumon and Merewyn's voyages. B&W photograph of the author on rear flap. Dark blue boards with gilt text on spine.
Unclipped (25s. net) laminated dust jacket in very good condition. The only flaws are two 3 mm (¾″) tears at the head of the spine and some moisture bubbles where the front board meets the spine (refer to image). The book itself is effectively in the same condition in which it left the publisher 44 years ago. There is, however, a faintly rubber stamped date (May 66) on the title page.
Measures 21.5 cm × 14 cm (8.6″ × 5.6″). 8vo. 384 pp.