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Book Description
Octavo (215 x 132mm), pp. [3 (series-title, blank, limitation statement)], [1 (blank)], [2 (blank l.)], 216, [4 (blank ll.)]. (Light marginal browning, as often, due to paper stock.) Original blue cloth backed marbled boards, boards with gilt rules, spine lettered in gilt within gilt double-ruled frame, glassine dustwrapper. (Dustwrapper lightly creased at the edges and with tears, as often.) A very good copy.

First edition, no. 63 of 150 specially-numbered copies signed by the author. Isabel Colegate, best known for novels about the life of the English upper classes in the twentieth century, had started age 19 to work ‘as an assistant to literary agent Anthony Blond. When Blond became a publisher, one of the first books he brought was Colgate’s first novel, The Blackmailer (1958)’ (Britannica).

Deceits of Time concerns a biographer’s unpleasant revelations about her subject, and the L.A. Times reviewer commented that, ‘[t]he ingredients of biography – time and memory, documentation and judgment – are the subjects of this novel’, and judged it a ‘rich and fascinating’ work (25 December 1988).
Author COLEGATE, Isabel Diana
Date 1988
Publisher London: Richard Clay Ltd for Hamish Hamilton/ London Limited Editions

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