Book Description

FIRST EDITION. Crown 8vo, incl. John’s portrait frontispiece. Original black cloth, spine and upper board lettered in gilt. Top edge green (faded) and darkened). Lean to spine, pushing and wear to spine ends, pale patch to rear board, edges toned. Some foxing, else, clean and tight. In the rare original white linen-finish dust jacket, decorated with Shannon’s portrait of Firbank in half-tone colour to the front panel, and with ‘1925’ amended in black ink to ‘1926,’ as usual: gently soiled, chipped and nicked, a number of closed tears; still, the front panel remains vivid. A grand copy of Firbank’s final novel. Unusual in the dust jacket.
Dealer Notes
Firbank’s final novel had a chequered publication due, initially, to labour unrest in the industry and the complication of Grant Richards’ bankruptcy, and then followed the General Strike: hence, the date change on the dust jacket, and the cancel title page. Firbank died in January 1926, six months before his novel reached print. It is, perhaps, his vainest outing, in featuring not one, but two portraits of himself. While “Wilde's presence, as stylist, aesthete, and homosexual martyr, can be felt in different ways throughout Firbank's writing life,” following the death of his mother in March 1924, his work showed “a new candour in its treatment of homosexuality” (ODNB). Indeed, his American publisher, Brentano, declined Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli (1926) on “religious and moral grounds”.
1000 copies were printed.
Benkovitz A11
Author FIRBANK, Ronald; SHANNON, Charles (DJ portrait); JOHN, Augustus (frontispiece portrait)
Date 1926
Binding Cloth
Publisher London: Grant Richards Ltd
Condition Very good/ very good

Price: £275.00

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