8vo. First edition. Original blue-grey cloth, gilt. Top edge stained maroon. Jacket by P. Vinten. Frontispiece illustration of Radnor Terrace, Sandgate, Kent. Ink presentation on the flyleaf, ‘To Richard Ellmann, With admiration and all good wishes, from the Author. Jocelyn Brooke 27th April 1960 Bishopsbourne’. Unclipped d/w with tiny loss to the spine ends and corner tips and a couple of very short closed tears. Fine in near fine d/w.
Richard Ellmann (1918-87), American literary critic and biographer of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and W. B. Yeats. A Mine of Serpents is the sequel to The Military Orchid and the second part of ‘The Orchid Trilogy’ which was completed with The Goose Cathedral in 1950. An excellent association copy in the very attractive jacket.
Author Brooke, Jocelyn
Publisher London, The Bodley Head