Peter Ibbetson - George Du MaurierVictor Gollancz, 1969, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded, more so at the spine, with heavier wear at the spine ends and corners.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings;
From the cover: “George du Maurier, the famous artist and draughtsman, came late to the novel. He is most celebrated for Trilby (1895); but Peter Ibbetson (1894), his first book, which draws on memories of his happy childhood at Passy and of France in the forties, is certainly his best. In it romance and realism are so skillfully blended together that even the sophisticated modern reader will find himself accepting the fantastic element unquestioningly. The incomparable opening chapters describe the hero’s childhood and his friendship with delicate little Mimsey Seraskier. Later, after his parents have died and he has quarrelled with his uncle, Peter Ibbetson falls in love with a Duchess… They discover that they share a dream-life together, and this, despite disaster after disaster, brings them consolation. Was Peter Ibbetson mad? The reader is left to answer the question for himself. Du Maurier’s combination of realism, fin de siecle decadence and romantic fantasy is highly interesting as well as attractive and original, and it is in Peter Ibbetson, above all, that he carved for himself a very special niche in late Victorian literature.”