-First English Edition in Dust Jacket-
First English Edition
Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]
Biblio: (Cohen A105.1.a) (Woods A43a)
8vo (335 pages, illustrated with 21 portrait photographs)
Hardcover [Blue cloth]
Item Number: 203947
Great Contemporaries comprises twenty-one penetrating profiles of political and literary luminaries. An utter delight to read, beautifully written and brutally opinionated (Hitler comes off just a bit better than George Bernard Shaw), the ensuing “Revised” edition (and most future reprints) added four new profiles: Lord Fisher, Charles Stewart Parnell, Lord Baden-Powell and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
This is a very good copy of the First English edition in the rare and extremely handsome dust jacket which is unclipped but somewhat darkened with age along the spine. There are tiny fractional losses to three of four jacket corners, as well as fractional loss at the spine head and edgewear at the tail. The binding is tight, the cloth is clean and only modestly faded. The contents are fine, with a vintage ink inscription on a front free endpaper that has toned a bit, and some faint, scattered foxing to the prelims and fore-edges.
The book is preserved in a very fine linen solander with leather spine label.