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Well at World's End by William Morris. Pocket Edition in Two Volumes. 1913.

The Well at World's End by William Morris. Pocket Edition in Two Volumes. Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd. 1913. 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" (vol 1) viii, 316 pages (vol 2) viii, 316 pages Hardcovers with no dust jacket. Gilt lettering and designs on the spines are quite faded but still legible. Embossed designs on the front covers are uncolored. Moderate cover edge wear mostly on the cover tips and tops and bottoms of the spines.  Bumping on cover tips. Vol 1 has little bits of stain on the edges of the page block, but no ripple or bleeding to page surfaces. Vol 1 also has a few specks of white paint on the covers. Other listings of these books show gilt on the top of the page block which these don't have. Both volumes have erasure marks on the first blank page. No other previous owner markings. No tears, folds or creases to pages. Bindings are tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. sJF23a 

           "On its publication, The Well at the World's End was praised by H. G. Wells, who compared the book to Malory's works and admired its writing style: "all the workmanship of the book is stout oaken stuff, that must needs endure and preserve the memory of one of the stoutest, cleanest lives that has been lived in these latter days".[1]
            Although the novel is relatively obscure by today's standards, it has had a significant influence on later fantasy. J. R. R. Tolkien seems to have found inspiration in The Well at the World's End: "King Gandolf" (Tolkien's Gandalf), and a quick, white horse named "Silverfax" (Tolkien's Shadowfax), are among the parallels.[2]
             C. S. Lewis stated that he was "not sure, on second thoughts, that the slow fading of the magic in The Well at the World's End is, after all, a blemish. It is an image of the truth".[3] Lewis was sufficiently enamoured with Morris that he wrote an essay on that author, first read to an undergraduate society at Oxford University called the Martlets and later published in the collection of essays called Rehabilitations.[4]"  -  Wikipedia