Islandia. [With:] An Introduction to Islandia [Cover title] by Basil Davenport

Austin Tappan
Wright

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Wright
Austin Tappan
Islandia. [With:] An Introduction to Islandia [Cover title] by Basil Davenport
Pp. [x], 1013, [1]; [4, maps], 61 pp
2 vols.,
8vo
New York
Farrar & Rinehart
1942
First edition, with the publisher's insignia on the copyright page
Beige buckram. Very good plus copy (some toning and soiling to spine) lacking the dust jacket. Davenport's Introduction in boards (spine ends rubbed with loss)
310810
$250

Wright’s first and only book, published ten years after his death. A nostalgic, agrarian utopia, Islandia describes the journey and adventures of John Lang, a once very proper American college student. Austin Tappan Wright did not just write a novel of adventures in a strange land and civilization; Islandia is acountry with a history, towns, cities and streets, its own geography, language, people (and demographics), politics, law and customs, even its virtues and faults. This copy is accompanied by the now very scarce prospectus, An Introduction to Islandia, by Basil Davenport. In this, we learn more about the creation of Islandia, “the imaginary country of a schoolboy, which was not abandoned as he grew up.” In the prospectus, we found history, maps, poetry, a bibliography, and demographic charts (such as Grazing Farms and Non-Farming Population). An absolutely fascinating book