The Gods of Pegăna (1905)
Illustrated by Sidney H Sime
To the left, we show a copy of The Gods of Pegăna, as illustrated
by Sidney H Sime and published by Elkin Mathews (London) in
It shows the original blue-stamped board cover with an
illustration drawn from Sime's depiction of 'Skarl the Drummer'.
The Gods of Pegăna is a fantasy from Lord Dunsany that is a collection of short stories telling of Dunsany's
pantheon of Gods in the mythical realm of Pegăna.
Contemporary reviews for The Gods of Pegăna were favourable, including that from the Daily Telegraph:
Lord Dunsany has succumbed to the fascination of composing a new theology.
If the result had merely been the fantastic and finely imagined illustrations evoked
from the sombre pencil of Mr S. H. Sime it would have been sufficient ... but the
book has a separate charm of its own, in the language of its fragmentary visions,
in the mysterious atmosphere produced by the deliberate choice of words and
method, in the sometimes graceful, sometimes tragic, sometimes grotesque
ideas in which the author embodies the creed of those 'islands in the central sea,
where no ships come'.
Sime's illustrations were particularly well regarded by the Pall Mall Gazette:
Never, we think, has Mr Sime shown such high imaginative qualities as
in these drawings.
Sime's illustrations for The Gods of Pegăna are wonderful and reflect the tone of the spiritual fantasy written
by Dunsany masterfully.
Our Greeting Cards and Reproduction Prints
We have prepared sets of 8 Greeting Cards displaying each of the major monotone images from The Gods of Pegăna (1905) and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear. Ordering one of those sets is as easy as selecting the "Add to Cart" feature below and following the prompts provided with our Shopping Cart secured through PayPal. Multiple purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any destination in the world are accommodated by our flat-rate fee of US$20 for every US$200 worth of purchases.
When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in hommage to the hand-crafted
approach typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century.
Hand-finishing is used to replicate the visual appearance of a tipped-on plate and the images are presented on
White card stock with an accompanying envelope. We have left the cards blank so that you may write your own
Should you wish to order a Reproduction Print or an individual Greeting Card from this suite of images, simply
click on the illustration and you will be taken to a new screen where you may select from a variety of sizing
options and organise payment through our Shopping Cart secured with PayPal. Of course, should you require a
customised preparation, we welcome your contact through ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.
In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Sidney Sime.
The monotone illustrations
The Dreams of Măna-Yood-Sushăi
Mung and the Beast of Mung
The ship of Yoharneth-Lahai