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Book Description

FIRST EDITION, WITH AUTHORIAL INSCRIPTION. 8vo (in 16s), pp. [xii], [502] + Piper’s colour lithographic frontispiece, plus b/w plates and illustrations. Mauve cloth, spine and upper board lettered in gilt. Lean and sunning to spine, corners bumped. Sadleir’s inscription in blue ink to ffep: “For Kenneth Hare/ With best regards/ Michael Sadleir/ Feb ‘47,” a little foxed. Else, pleasingly clean and tidy, especially for a war economy publication. In John Piper’s atmospheric dust jacket: toned and dust-dulled, edgewear, creasing and nicking. Very good/ very good.
Dealer Notes
The bibliographer, collector and Constable director’s second fictional foray into the Victorian underworld.
The dedicatee is likely Kenneth Hare (1888-1962) minor British poet, author and frequent contributor to The English Review.
Author SADLEIR, Michael; PIPER, John (illustrator); [HARE, Kenneth]
Date 1947
Publisher London: Constable
Condition Very good/ very good

Price: £75.00

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