The Elixir of Life by Arthur Ransome 1st / 1st 1915
First edition published by Methuen in 1915. This copy is scarce because it is in very near fine condition. It is a superb copy. The boards have very little wear at all. The spine is a shade faded. The book is square with no bumps or wear at all. The pages are clean and without marks. It is a high grade book.
Ransome's first book and his only work of fiction published outside of the Swallows and Amazons series. It is particularly rare to find in first print, with only 1200 printed of which around 300 were ruined. Making this very near fine copy a remarkable survivor. A supernatural novel involving an ancient evil and the quest for eternal life. Lovecraft described the book as "attaining some darkly excellent effects". A very rare book indeed.