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HUXLEY, Aldous
The Burning Wheel
B. H. Blackwell, Oxford,, 1916. Octavo. Original yellow wrappers, white paper title labels to upper wrapper and backstrip printed in black. Housed in a black half morocco solander case. Mild foxing throughout as usual, wrappers very lightly marked and with some trivial loss at the overlapping fore-edge, some minor wear to the backstrip. Very good. First Edition, Sole Printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription, "To Evan Morgan from Aldous Huxley Oct. '17". Tipped into this copy on the inside of the front flap is the 2 page als from the author to Morgan presenting this book and seeking to arrange for the recipient to visit him at Eton. Morgan – later Lord Tredegar – was a Welsh poet, patron and friend of many literary and artistic figures such as Huxley, Augustus John, Sickert, Firbank, the Sitwells, Nancy Cunard, and many others including the more unlikely person of Aleister Crowley. The Burning Wheel was Huxley's first published book, printed in small numbers and far from a great success. Inscribed copies are rare. Only 2 have been offered at auction in the past 30 years.
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