New York: Boni and Liveright, 1926. First American edition. 8vo, 158pp, pictorial endpapers; green cloth stamped in gilt. A tear to the inner margin of one of the last pages; a bit of a tear to the rear free endpaper; very good in a toned dust jacket that is quite fragile, brittle, with a number of small chips and lengthy hinge-splits mended neatly on the underside with archival tape. Item #205617
After being wounded in Flanders during the First World War, Arthur Ronald Fraser (1888-1974) went into diplomatic service and achieved high ranking positions in Argentina, Egypt, and elsewhere. All the while he wrote fiction marked by a hallucinatory sense of fantasy and mysticism. Knighted in 1949, Fraser retired from the foreign service and devoted himself to writing and exploration of his mystical and theosophical leanings. He ultimately became an early proponent of the "New Age" movement. Fraser wrote over two dozen novels, Rose Anstey being the most popular during his lifetime. Flower Phantoms is perhaps his most durable work of fiction, the story of a young woman's experience of a profound psycho-erotic connection with the plants and flowers she tends in her work at Kew Gardens. Fraser depicts her rich fantasy life in suitably intense and lavish prose -- echoed nicely by the unidentified artist responsible for the marvelous graphic endpapers. An obscure cult-classic of decadent fantasy, scarce in jacket.