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Spanish Testament - Koestler, Arthur - 1937. [1278428]
Gollancz 1937 - The First UK Printing published by Gollancz in 1937. The BOOK is in Very Good+ condition. Pushing to the spine ends. A little rubbing in places to the lower board edges. Gilt titling slightly dulled. Toning and spotting to the text-block and page edges in places, More-so to the prelims. Previous owner's bookplate to the front paste-down (which is obscured by the dustjacket front flap). Free from inscriptions and erasures. The scarce paper WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good+ condition. Edge-wear to the spine ends with a little loss. Toning to the spine, folds and upper edges. Some stains to the spine. 4cm closed tear to the lower rear edge. Correct price of 10/6 net to the spine. The wrapper still presents well in the removable Brodart archival cover. In Spanish Testament, Arthur Koestler describes his experiences during the Spanish Civil War. Part II of the book was subsequently published on its own, with minor modifications, under the title 'Dialogue with Death' (see below). Koestler made three trips to Spain during the civil war; the third time he was captured, sentenced to death and imprisoned by the Nationalist forces of General Franco. Koestler was at that time working on behalf of the Comintern and as an agent of the Loyalist Government's official news agency, using for cover accreditation to the British daily News Chronicle. The book was published in London by Victor Gollancz Ltd. The 'Contents' of the book is in two parts: Part I describes the context in which he was captured, divided into IX chapters, each with its own title. Part II, titled 'Dialogue with Death', describes Koestler's prison experiences under sentence of death. This part was written in the late autumn of 1937 immediately after his release from prison, when the events were still vivid. In the second volume of his autobiography 'The Invisible Writing', written by Koestler fifteen years later, the following footnote appears: 'In all foreign editions, including the American, Dialogue with Death appeared as a self-contained book. In the original English edition, however (Gollancz and Left Book Club, 1937), it formed the second part of Spanish Testament the first part of which consisted of the earlier propaganda book on Spain that I had written for Muenzenberg. Spanish Testament is (and shall remain) out of print; 'Dialogue with Death' has been reissued in England under that title, in the form in which it was originally written'. Very scarce with such attributes. Ashtonrarebooks welcomes direct contact. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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