The Zermatt Dialogues, Constituting the Outlines of a Philosophy of Mysticism, Mainly on Problems of Cosmic Import. E. Douglas Fawcett.
The Zermatt Dialogues, Constituting the Outlines of a Philosophy of Mysticism, Mainly on Problems of Cosmic Import

The Zermatt Dialogues, Constituting the Outlines of a Philosophy of Mysticism, Mainly on Problems of Cosmic Import

London: Macmillan, 1931. First edition. 8vo, xxix, 541 pp, complete with photographic frontispiece and 9 photographic plates, as called for. No dust jacket. With the small gold foil bookshop ticket of Lord & Jordan (545 Sutter Street, San Francisco) to fep.

The only edition of one of the most unusual books of the interwar period, written by the mountaineer, photographer, racecard driver, professional chess player, and science fiction writer Fawcett, whose science fiction works were likened to Verne and anticipated both The Blitz and armored vehicle warfare. The Zermatt Dialogues is a hybrid work, part philosophical treatise, part fiction, and part fictional photobook, which takes the form of a dialogue between five characters as they scale some of the mountains of the world - one of the characters is a fascist and an M.P, and another is a mystic. The book is illustrated with photographs by Fawcett, but with captions which subsume the images into the fictional work of the book. The philosophical theory which Fawcett puts forth in the work is termed Imaginism.

Despite appearing from a major publisher, the book appears so rarely in the marketplace that we've heard at least one conspiratorial theory regarding it's supposed suppression. It was met with confusion in early reviews, and is largely unknown today.

Binding cracked at the half-title page, but holding. Upper tips bumped, and a bit of erosion to cloth at back cover, else very good. Item #27871

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