-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: 210383
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 a bit age-darkened, with light creases along the lower edge of the front face and some separation at the spine head. The jacket is unclipped but the front flap bears some slight transfer of ink from the former-owner name that is inked on the front free endpaper.
The book is virtually mint, inside and out; crisp, square, tight and unfoxed.