The Building of Thelema
1910, a rare first edition of Ashbee's Utopian fantasy
First edition, hardback bound in the original green cloth with gilt titling to spine and printed roundel to upper board. Top edge gilt, fore-edge untrimmed. 19.5 × 13.5cm. ix, 361pp + 1pp ad. Illustrated with frontispiece and decorative title page.
A rare Utopian fantasy by Charles Robert Ashbee, the English Arts and Crafts architect and designer. Named after the abbey in François Rabelais' book Gargantua and Pantagruel, Thelema is the reconstructed city of the dreamers of all times and the protagonist sees it from a variety of perspectives.
A good copy. The green cloth boards are bumped to the corners and edges and there are some small age-related marks to the spine. Browning to the pastedowns and endpapers and spotted foxing to frontis and title but the main body of text is in good condition with occasional and light tanning. The inner binding is secure.