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Book Description

SIGNED, LIMITED EDITION, 82 of 110 copies, 100 for sale. 8vo, pp. [viii], [56] + title page vignette of two boys riding a dolphin by Edward Bawden (“E.B.”). Quarter beige buckram, Curwen Press-esque green and cream patterned paper boards (perhaps also designed by Bawden?), gilt lettering to spine faded. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed, a few rather crudely opened. Spine sunned, corners bruised, a few nicks and chips, boards gently toned, smudged ink spots to lower board. Signed by STW in blue pen to limitation page and again – in a later, sharper hand – in black to title page, endpapers spotted, occasionally to text block. Else, clean and tidy. A lovely copy of a beautiful edition. Jisc LHD suggests the only holding in the UK is at the BL.
Dealer Notes
STW’s narrative poem in heroic couplets features Rebecca Random, a green-fingered misanthrope living in the rural idyl of Love Green. In her 4th February 1930 diary entry STW observed: “I can remember nothing of this day except that I have written the whole rhapsody on Spring in Rebecca and have been shattered by doing so. I am still so moved I dare not think how bad it may be.” (Diaries, 1994). With printed dedication to Arthur Machen, the author’s uncle and supernatural novelist: “a renowned bon viveur, sharing with the heroine of Opus 7 an appreciation of gin” (Russell and Lawrence Mitchell, 2020).
Opus 7 was simultaneously published as no. 6 in Chatto’s short-lived Dolphin Books Series, whose boards and jackets were designed by Bawden.
Author TOWNSEND WARNER, Sylvia; "E.B." [BAWDEN, Edward] (illustrator)
Date 1931
Publisher London: Chatto & Windus
Condition Very good

Price: £250.00

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