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Book Description
The First UK printing published by Jonathan Cape, London in 1928. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition. The correct first issue with the misprint 'whip' on page 50. This was subsequently corrected to 'whips' in the second printing of the same year. The original black cloth remains clean, top edge black with the other edges uncut. Light pushing at the spine ends with a little splitting at the extreme lower spine tip. The gilt titling remains bright. The contents are a little toned to the edges with some occasional spotting. A neat contemporary penned name to the front blank end-paper. The fragile WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good+ condition. Some edge-wear with loss at the spine ends and corners. Closed tears to the rear upper spine fold, the lower front spine fold and the rear upper flap fold with some old tape remnants to the verso of the upper spine. Some toning to the spine with some age related markings in places. The wrapper has not undergone any restoration and remains very presentable in the removable Brodart archival cover. Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed by the author dated 'September 26th 1924'. The letter is addressed to (Arthur) St.John Adcock who was a novelist, poet and also editor of the influential 'The Bookman' periodical. In the letter Hall refers to 'Lady Troubridge, who shares my home and therefore knows me very well,.'. Lady Una Troubridge was Hall's lifelong partner. She also goes on to say 'I never know what to say about myself'. She has signed the letter 'M. Radclyffe Hall' and has added a penned postscript : 'I do not write under the name of M. Radclyffe Hall - but as 'Radclyffe Hall'. Up until this time, Hall's works had been published under the name 'Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall'. The letter is in near fine condition and is protected in a removable archival folder. A very scarce and collectible title which was first published by Jonathan Cape in July 1928 with a second impression in August 1938. Both were small printings. Its controversial lesbian subject-matter led the Government to press Jonathan Cape to withdraw the book. Cape then leased the rights to the Paris house, Pegasus Press, whose edition of the book followed two months after and inevitably re-entered Britain. That event led to a complete banning of the novel, and it was not to be republished until 1949. A scarce title to find in collectible condition. More images available on request.
Author Hall, Radclyffe
Date 1928
Binding Hardcover
Publisher Jonathan Cape, London
Condition Very Good++

Price: £3950.00

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