As Gentle Reader may recall, in the course of my quest for a copy of Naomi Mitchison's incomparable Arthurian novel To the Chapel Perilous
, I discovered that my former medieval studies professor, Arthurian scholar Raymond H. Thompson, had served as consulting editor for a series of reprints of lost classics (and some new pearls) of Arthurian-based fiction.
I managed to acquire several of the books last year, including, of course, the afore-mentioned jewel by Mitchison.
I am now totally delirious with the joy of being able to report that my beloved partner glaurung_quena
has actually acquired all but two of the books published as part of this series, and as soon as I can render them readable*, I will no doubt disappear into some vague and mystical place not far from Glastonbury Tor and devour them.
For those with any interest in the field, my latest acquisitions are:Percival and the Presence of God
, by Jim Hunter. (6201, Chaosium, 1997); reprint of the 1978 Faber and Faber edition.Arthur, the Bear of Britain
, by Edward Frankland. (6202, Chaosium/Green Knight Publishing co-publication, 1998); reprint of the 1944 McDonald & Co. edition.Kinsmen of the Grail
, by Dorothy James Roberts. (6204, Green Knight Publishing, 2000); reprint of the 1963 Little, Brown and Company edition.The Life of Sir Aglovale
, by Clemence Housman. (6205, Green Knight Publishing, 2000); reprint of the 1905 Methuen & Co. Ltd. edition.The Doom of Camelot
, edited by James Lowder. (6206, Green Knight Publishing, 2000); original anthology.Exiled From Camelot
, by Cherith Baldry. (6207, Green Knight Publishing, 2001); original novel.The Pagan King
, by Edison Marshall. (6208, Green Knight Publishing, 2001); reprint of the 1959 Doubleday & Co. edition.Legends of the Pendragon
, edited by James Lowder. (6211, Green Knight Publishing, 2002); original anthology.The Follies of Sir Harald
, by Phyllis Ann Karr. (6212, Green Knight Publishing, 2001); original novel.
The two books remaining to be collected from the series are:The Merriest Knight: The Collected Arthurian Tales of Theodore Goodridge Roberts
, edited by Mike Ashley. (6210, Green Knight Publishing, 2001); original collection of Roberts' stories, including previously unpublished material.Pendragon
, by Wilfred Barnard Faraday. 96213, Green Knight Publishing, 2002); reprint of the 1930 Methuen & Co. Ltd. edition.
Colour me happy.
*As Gentle Reader may know, I suffer from profound environmental illness, which makes book reading a bit of a challenge, as many kinds of papers and inks emit volatile gases at levels too low for the average person to detect, but which can make me profoundly ill. Added to that, I am also severely affected by many of the artificial components of things like perfume and scented personal care and air-freshening products, which many of these books, being used copies, have absorbed from, say, being read by someone wearing hand lotion or being read in a room where a scented candle or one of those hideously poisonous air freshening products was present. (And yes, I can smell your hand lotion or your air freshener on a book you may have read five years ago.) Many books I acquire must be heated gently over a long period of time to drive out as many volatiles as possible before I can read them. Sigh. It's sheer torture knowing that you actually have a book you've been waiting impatiently to read, but knowing that it will be at least another couple of months before it's safe to go ahead and read it.