-First English “Times Book Club” Edition-
First English “Times Book Club” Edition
Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]
Biblio: (Cohen A105.4) (Woods A43b)
8vo (387 pages, illustrated with 25 portrait photographs)
Hardcover (without Dust Jacket) [Blue cloth]
Item Number: 208147
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 rarely-seen [London] “Times Book Club” edition, which was bound from First edition sheets but in a plainer binding of smooth dark blue cloth.
The externals here are exemplary, with brilliant blue cloth and bright gilt titles. The contents are fine, with a former owner name inked on the front free endpaper and faint foxing throughout. There is toning to the endpapers front and rear, and a tiny “Times Book Club” inkstamp on the rear pastedown.