WOODS, Margaret L. (author). J. HANCOCK (illustrator). "Come Unto These Yellow Sands". London: John Lane The Bodley Head. 1915.
4to. Original tan cloth-backed cream boards pictorially decorated, in Art Nouveau style, to upper cover, lettered and decorated in brown to spine, pictorial endpapers, top edges plain, preserved in repeat pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [vi], vii-xiii + [iii], 3-234 + [ii]; with 16 delightful fantasy illustrations in full colour together with chapter-headings in line; externally fine bar slight bruising to forecorners and speckling to edges of book block, internally generally clean with cracking to upper hinge and old splitting to lower hinge (now expertly repaired), considerable offset toning to free endpapers, and occasional light foxing, protected by the scarce dustwrapper with fraying to head of spine, triangular loss to bottom forecorner of upper panel (30mm x 20mm), and a few short and slightly open, edge tears.
First edition (with dated title-page) in later issue binding. A beautifully written tale about a little boy called Darwin, the only child of Lord and Lady Craistor who, despite his strict and unromantic upbringing, and his parents' determination that he should not indulge in frivolous fancies, has a series of fairy adventures. An interesting conflict between the scientific and the fantastic, being full of fairy references and illustrations.