-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 worn along the upper edges, front and rear, as well as at the spine head, with some light scratches to the front face. The jacket has darkened with age, but maintains its marvelous orange color. The book itself is extremely fresh and crisp externally. The contents are fine, with a vintage bookplate affixed to the front pastedown, and a small rub in the front free endpaper, alongside an inked notation of the book’s (incorrect) Woods biblio number “[A43b].” There are mild bookflap shadows on both endpapers, front and rear. Still, an extremely attractive copy overall.