-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: 202892
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 lightly worn along the upper edges, front and rear, as well as at the spine head, with some faint scratches to the front face. The jacket has darkened with age but maintains its marvelous orange luster.
The book is extremely fresh, crisp and bright. The binding is square and tight, the corners are sharp, the blue cloth has only mildly faded; unevenly so on the rear face. The contents are fine.