FIRST UK EDITION. 8vo (in 16s), pp. [xii], , [2 catalogue]. Green cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, single blind-ruled border to upper board. Slight lean to spine, gentle pushing to spine ends, top edge spotted, a few fox spots to endpapers and margins, POI-inscribed Book Society Ex Libris (toned) to front pastedown, spine cracked at either side of gathering “F”, but holding firm. Else, clean and bright. In “K”’s striking original dust jacket: toned and foxed, nicked and creased at extremities, reinforced on reverse at head of spine and heel of rear flap with white stickers. Still, a very good copy of an attractive edition.
Tobit Transplanted is Benson’s most well-known work and won her both the A. C. Benson silver medal of the Royal Society of Literature and the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize in 1932. It was published as The Far-Away Bride (1930) in the US. Re-reading the Apocrypha whilst herself in Manchuria, Benson was struck by “a curiously exact parallel between the position of the exiled Jews of Tobit’s day and that of the exiled White Russians in ours” and thus advises the reader to keep “one eye on the Apocrypha,” handily including a complete copy of Tobit at the end of her novel. (Introductory Note).
Author BENSON, Stella
Publisher London: Macmillan & Co.
Condition Very good/ good+