This 1915 book is a work which proposes a new sort of religion insofar as the author has a sense of something sacred beyond dogma, a life-spirit. He presents this notion through his chapters which are in fact whimsical tales-cum-essays. The book starts with Eaton introducing a race of gnomes who dwell beneath the earth, wise, charming and benevolent, whose religion is geared to a single deity, called 'IT', a sort of pantheistic spirit of humour and laughter. IT, he writes, is the essence of 'the funny bone.' The late Victorian, early Edwardian era is in many ways epitomised - and fantasy literature is foreshadowed. The full title of the book is The Worship of IT, And Other Fancies by James J. Eaton.
Edition. London: Grant Richards. 1915. First Edition. 189pp.
Volume and condition. 7” x 5” Publisher's original black buckram cloth, titled in gilt to spine and front board. A little wear to the extremities, the most notable instance being a short cosmetic split to the top of the spine hinge. Nevertheless a very good, strong copy of a rather attractively produced book. A collection of tales, illustrated by W. Gordon Mein. Bearing a Treadwell's label to the front pastedown stating that this copy originated in the library of Jean Williams and Zachary Cox.