The Man from the Sea - J. S. (James Sydney) AndrewsLondon: The Bodley Head, 1970, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Top edges of the dust wrapper slightly rough. Odd water mark on reverse over the length of dust wrapper which is visible externally to the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding.
From the cover: “When Euan found a shipwrecked stranger on the rocks near his village one windy dawn, his first feeling was one of anger that this dark man with the beautiful woven wool tunic was not his own father, lost at sea with all the other men of the primitive little fishing community some weeks before. Now the women and children who remained were on the verge of starvation, and lived in dread of enslavement by neighbouring peoples. But the stranger, Hadra, was to prove himself their saviour. Washed ashore with him were the remains of his boat and a bag of bronze axeheads and knife-blades — the first bronze that had ever reached that part of Ireland. He bartered some of the wonderful bronze for food with the nearby Farming Folk, and then he enlisted the help of Euan and some of the older boys and girls in mending his slim, seagoing boat. That done, he proposed that they should set out over the open sea to the land of Albin to find if there were any survivors among the village men marooned along its rocky and desolate shores. The perils of this journey, their terrifying sojourn on the ill-famed Isle of the Mad Ones and their eventual return are the climax of an unusual historical novel.”