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Book Description

COPPARD, A. E. Silver Circus: Tales. London: Jonathan Cape 1928. One of a limited edition of 125 specially bound copies numbered and Signed by the author, this being copy number 23. With the book plate of Crosby Gaige pasted to front end-paper. Top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Bound in vellum covered boards with a leather spine label with title and author in gilt. Fine copy in like dj, apart from two small 1.5 cm nicks; all housed in custom made cloth covered book sleeve and slightly rubbed and marked quarter leather and cloth covered slipcase with raised bands and title, author and year of publication in gilt on spine.
Dealer Notes
A splendid copy of this collection of short stories by a sadly neglected writer. Russell banks who has written the preface to “The Hurly Burly and Other Stories,” by Coppard, published in March in the USA by Ecco wrote in the February 23, 2021 issue of the New Yorker: “How is it possible that an acclaimed twentieth-century master of the English short story, whose work was loved and admired by critics and writers as different and as demanding as Ford Madox Ford, Malcolm Cowley, Frank O’Connor, and Doris Lessing, could turn up all but lost to us today?”
Crosby Gaige started his career in the theatre, producing Broadway hits from which he made a fortune. Later he became a publisher and according to John Tebbel [1] in his history of American book publishing, none of the small fine presses of the time ‘could match the Crosby Gaige list for quality and sheer beauty’. Before the Crash in 1929 which wiped out his fortune, he had produced twenty-two titles, whose authors included, Siegfried Sassoon, A.E., James Joyce, Humbert Wolfe, Joseph Conrad, Carl Sandburg, Virginia Woolf, Thomas Hardy, James Stephens, and W. B. Yeats. Yeats’s The Winding Stair was the last title he produced – the publication programme was taken over by the Fountain Press, distribution continuing through Random House – it was by no means the end of Gaige. He was held in such high esteem by his friends, that following his financial ruin, they kept him in the manner to which he was accustomed for the rest of his life.
[1] John Tebbel, The History of Book Publishing in the United States, 3. vols. New York & London: R. R. Bowker, 1972, 1975, 1978. Vol.2, p.168.
Author COPPARD, A. E.
Date 1928
Binding Hardback in dustjacket.
Publisher London: Jonathan Cape
Condition Fine copy in like dj, apart from two small 1.5 cm nicks; all housed in custom made cloth covered book sleeve and slightly rubbed and marked quarter leather and cloth covered slipcase.

Price: £175.00

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