With pencil drawings by Malcolm Cameron
First edition thus hardback in slipcase bound in the original illustrated boards with page edges dyed blue. 25.5 × 18cm, xvi + 324pp.
Anatole France's satirical fictional history about an island, inhabited by great auks, that existed off the northern coast of Europe. The history begins when a wayward Christian missionary monk lands on the island and perceives the upright, unafraid auks as a sort of pre-Christian society of noble pagans. Mostly blind and somewhat deaf, having mistaken the animals for humans, he baptizes them. This copy illustrated with fine pencil drawings by Malcolm Cameron.
The book is in very good condition, with a little light wear to the binding and some tanning to the spine. The slipcase is tanned to the edges and a little chipped but has protected the book well. No Sandglass.