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The Ship That Sailed to Mars: A Fantasy

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  15 reviews
clothbound hardcover with dust jacket
Hardcover, 102 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by StoneWall Publications (first published 1923)
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Quirkyreader
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The artwork in this book is totally amazing. Try and find a copy of this forgotten classic and marvel at the watercolour illustrations.
Williwaw
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this book 4 stars not so much because it is such a great story, but because the production values are so high. A big consideration in evaluating this book is its physicality. It must be held and handled to be appreciated fully. The paper and the binding feel wonderful; the colors are fantastic; the layout is thoughtful and attractive; and the art work and calligraphy are lovely. If you are a connoisseur of golden-age illustrators like Edmund Dulac, you will definitely appreciate this ...more
Lauren Davis
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the sort of book that ensures the e-reader will never overcome real books. The Dover edition I have is luscious. The type, the paper, and those illustrations! What a delight. I with I could include photos of some of the illustrations here, but a quick search on line will give you an idea.

An old man builds a ship to sail to Mars, with the help of fairies (naturally), has adventures along the way, helps a princess save her beloved from Sorrow and all ends well. It's a slim plot, but no mat
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Jennifer
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of fine book illustration for so long that I hardly remember when my obsession began with hunting down, obtaining for my growing library, and repeatedly enjoying beautiful volumes from many genres. This new edition of a legendary book, considered a sort of Burroughs meets Tolkien, features an introduction by John Howe, himself an idol of mine in the field of fantasy illustration. I can't believe that I've lived so long without discovering this singular tale and it's dream-like ar ...more
David
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super good Science Fiction / Fantasy, also a beautiful book, more like an illuminated manuscript
Lane
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received this as a present for Christmas from my parents in 2011, I adore this book. I had never heard of this book prior to receiving it and I thought the story behind the author and the limited printing of the original was awesome: a rarely seen but amazing book.

So quick, interesting, personal story time now. I got the book for Christmas and read the intro by John Howe and the whole history of the author, etc., but didn't get to read the entire story as I was on Christmas break from college
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Eric Waschak
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly lovely and worth savoring. A plate of Timlin’s illustration caught my eye by chance and I knew I needed to find a copy. I’m glad I did.
Stephanie Ricker
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I found The Ship That Sailed to Mars in a glorious bookshop in Boulder, Colorado. How have I gone my whole life and not heard of this work of art? The story is a 1920s scifi fantasy that looks like the whole thing should be framed. The story itself is lovely, but the book also boasts some of the most beautiful illustrations I’ve ever seen. Some blessed soul put almost the whole thing online (though sadly without Timlin’s exquisite hand-lettered pages), so you have no excuse not to check it out: ...more
Steve Joyce
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books like this, and say the more familiar The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, are to me proof positive that there is no experience like holding a book in your hands.

It's hard to believe that this was once intended to be a silent film adaptation starring comedian Raymond Griffith.
Simon
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning. I couldn't be more grateful to the publisher for bringing such an amazing book back to life after so many years. I can't help but wonder, now, what other lost and forgotten stories remain discarded in the dusty corners of the world...
M.k. Yost
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mars
Sweet, lyrical, and above all, beautifully crafted and illustrated. It was a pleasure to get a chance to read and handle an original copy.
Kelli Bragg
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay - the Interlibrary Loan for this finally came in. Skimmed through it just for the gorgeous artwork and can now settle down to read it more thoroughly
Forester McClatchey
the most weirdly haunting children's fantasy ever, from the golden age of illustration
Emily
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful read and expereince. Was given to me as a gift and I will treasure it. The binding is beautiful, the illustrations are exquisite and the words are transporting.
Maggie
Stunning & weird book in an excellent reproduction reprint. ...more
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