HEROES & KINGS - Charles Williams Ltd Ed. 1930 Sylvan Press =
TITLE: Heroes and Kings
AUTHOR: Charles Williams ; with wood engravings by Norman Janes.
PUBLISHER: Sylvan Press, London
DATE: 1930 Limited Edition of 300. This copy is not numbered.
DESCRIPTION: 40 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
NOTES: Finding any books by Charles Williams is hard enough. Here is an impossible find: a limited edition printed in 1930 by the illustrious Sylvan Press. The publication dates well within the period when the Inklings were active.
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Corners of cover are rubbed, else FINE.
BINDING: Red Buckram
Charles Walter Stansby Williams (20 September 1886 – 15 May 1945) was a British poet, novelist, theologian, literary critic, and member of the Inklings.
Williams was born in London in 1886, the only son of Richard and Mary Williams of Islington. He had one sister, Edith, born in 1889. Educated at St Albans School,Hertfordshire, Williams was awarded a scholarship to University College London, but was forced to leave in 1904 without taking a degree because his family lacked the financial resources to support him. In the same year he began work in a Methodist bookroom. Williams was hired by the Oxford University Press (OUP) as a proofreading assistant in 1908 and quickly climbed to the position of editor. He continued to work at the OUP in various positions of increasing responsibility until his death in 1945. One of his greatest editorial achievements was the publication of the first major English-language edition of the works of Søren Kierkegaard.
The Inklings was an informal literary discussion group associated with the University of Oxford, England, for nearly two decades between the early 1930s and late 1949. The Inklings were literary enthusiasts who praised the value of narrative in fiction, and encouraged the writing of fantasy. Although Christian values were notably present in several members' work, there were also non-Christian members of the discussion group.
The more regular members of the Inklings, many of them academics at the University, included J. R. R. "Tollers" Tolkien, C. S. "Jack" Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, Tolkien's son Christopher, Lewis' elder brother Warren or "Warnie", Roger Lancelyn Green, Adam Fox, Hugo Dyson, R. A. "Humphrey" Havard, J. A. W. Bennett, Lord David Cecil, Nevill Coghill, and Walter Hooper during the year leading up to C. S. Lewis's death. More infrequent visitors included Percy Bates, Charles Leslie Wrenn, Colin Hardie, James Dundas-Grant, John David Arnett, Jon Fromke, John Wain, R. B. McCallum, Gervase Mathew, and C. E. Stevens. Guests included author E. R. Eddison and South African poet Roy Campbell.