Myers, John Myers
THE HARP AND THE BLADE
Donning/Starblaze: 1982 trade paperback (copyright 1941.) Size is 5-1/2" by 8-1/2." Wraparound cover, frontispiece, and 4 full-page illustrations by Charles Vess, 223 pages,$5.95 cover price. Condition is Fine to Mint: very tight and square with flat spine; age tanning is negligable (good paper); edges still have some crispness. No stamps, marks or writing - this looks new/unread.
A fantasy novel by John Myers Myers: The Harp and the Blade. Myers is probably best known for his historical novels, and for Silverlock - written in 1949, and reprinted in the Sixties and Eighties. This one was written in 1941. Clute & Grant's Encyclopedia of Fantasy describes this as a historical novel with fantasy elements - you could say that about a lot of what has been published as fantasy. Since I haven't read this, and the back cover has no plot description, I'll quote the excerpt extracted as a "blurb" for the book:
THE WIZARD'S GEAS: I skirted the base of the first hill, and it was then that I first saw the dolmen; and the sight made my skin crawl. Some say it was giants that built them, and some say it was done by magic. The Church claims there is no magic, but I notice it believes in it right enough if a saint is the performer. Of course dolmen, cromlich, and standing stones are all very old - and maybe there is not much power connected with them any more. But I wouldn't want to bet on it. Thus far I had reached in my ruminations, when the blue-painted wizard appeared. There are some men who can reach into another's mind and pull his thought out whole. That man was a priest of an ancient, strange race, versed in sorcery; and he read me out: "You let a man die today because you couldn't be bothered."