MORRIS, William. The Story of the Glittering Plain. London: Reeves and Turner, 1891.
4to., original navy blue cloth, lettered in gilt to upper cover and direct to spine; edges untrimmed; pp. [viii], 172; a little pushed to head and foot; some light spots to endpapers and outer edge of pages; near fine.
First trade edition, printed the same year as the Kelmscott edition (the very first work issued by the press).
The Story of the Glittering Plain was one of the first modern fantasies to combine an imaginary world with an element of the supernatural, and thus it can be seen as the precursor of present-day fantasy literature. Hallblithe, of the House of the Raven, embarks on a quest to rescue his fiancee, who has been kidnapped by pirates. His voyage takes him to the utopian Land of the Glittering Plain, where immortals dwell in exchange for life's meaning.