THE SUN AND THE MOON. By Judith Cape (pseud.)
Toronto: Macmillan, 1944. Octavo, green cloth gilt lettered. pp (x), 200, (2). Library discard: spine sunned, page edges yellowed, rubber stamps, remains of pouch at rear, small tan soil spots to pp 8-9; just a good, sound copy, but no call letters on spine. The major Canadian poet's first regular book, a poetic novel with fantasy elements. Page (in her life as a painter, known as P.K. Irwin), has been awarded many prizes, including the G-G's Award in 1954. The book,"[A]s an example of a genre it suggests Hawthorne's BLITHEDALE ROMANCE, Bulwer Lytton's ZANONI and Rider Haggard's SHE. Like many romances, THE SUN AND THE MOON is incredible on the level of social realism, but on the psychological /allegorical one it makes great sense."-- from Margaret Atwood's preface to 1973 re-issue. Bleiler (1978) p. 39. Reginald 2551. "A compelling story about a visionary woman (born during an eclipse of the moon) named Kristen - actually she is a form of dryad - who can 'become' the other. Rather than vampirize the essence of her lover, a painter whom she wants to play the sun to the moon, Kristen project her soul into the storm-tossed trees outside her window." - Ketterer, Canadian SF & F, p.57. This first edition is scarce in any condition, very scarce nice in jacket.