Macmillan, 1933. First Edition. 1st edition. Fine in original cloth, with a former owner’s bookplate signed by Hilton loosely inserted and near fine dustjacket with minor wear to the extremities; a fresh and superior copy. Custom half calf box. Item #746
Every thought is an afterthought, but Lost Horizon is the single most celebrated modern utopia, and more than that, one of the best known and worldly famous novels written in the 20th century. Among other knowing inventions, the book opens with what is surely fiction's first skyjacking, reveals a profound ideal of moderation and contemplation, argues for a broad and particularly appealing spiritual vision not at that time well understood in the west but now embraced widely in our culture ("Many religions are moderately true," says the Abbot of Shangri-La), and with all that, Lost Horizon provides a thought provoking cerebral encounter and maintains a level of suspense usually found only in the finest mysteries. Destined to be a classic, still in print 200 years hence, as the message is a solemn one, predicting the perils of war to all civilizations save those that are too secret to be found or too humble to be noticed.