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Book Description

8vo. 4 volumes. First published between 1922 and 1936. First impressions of the Revised Definitive Edition of each volume. With Prefaces by Michael Holroyd. Original hardcovers, gilt. Jacket designs by Barrie Carr. Spine of Of Mortal Love a bit faded. Each volume inscribed by the author on the flyleaf. Unclipped d/ws a little rubbed, faded and marked. Near fine in very good + d/ws.
Dealer Notes
Presentation copies given to Bennett Maxwell who recorded an interview with the author in 1971 which was used in the BBC documentary, ‘God’s Fifth Columnist’ broadcast in 1981 after Gerhardie’s death in 1977. Each volume has a variation on his appreciation for Maxwell including, in Pending Heaven, “For Bennett A unique producer & director, of whose subtle skill in shaping my television interview I cannot say enough in admiration William Gerhardie London, 1971”. The jackets all feature praise from Olivia Manning writing in The Times, ‘The humour of life, the poetry of death and release of the spirit - these things William Gerhardie describes as no prose writer has done before him... How did he become lost to view? How can we resurrect him? Anthony Powell, Evelyn Waugh, C. P. Snow, Kingsley Amis, William Cooper - all acknowledge his influence. He is one of the immortals. He is our Gogol’s Overcoat. We all come out of him.’ The revised definitive edition, together with Michael Holroyd’s advocacy in his prefaces, was an attempt at resurrection and these presentation copies form a very nice association. Sadly, even the BBC film was unable to bring Gerhardie a wide readership but here is a chance to (re)discover some of his best novels.
Author Gerhardie, William
Date 1970-1
Publisher London, Macdonald & Co (Publishers) Ltd

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