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Whitaker, Malachi (Whitaker, Marjorie)
Frost In April : Signed By The Author : With The Very Scarce Wrapper Designed by ‘Bangley’
The First UK printing published by Jonathan Cape, London in 1929. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. Light pushing at the spine ends with a little toning to the text-block. Mild offsetting to the blank end-papers. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition. Mild edge-wear with a little edge wear at the spine tops. A 3cm closed tear to the upper rear spine fold with a small closed tear to the front upper panel edge. Very slight loss at the corners with some toning to the spine. The period wrapper artwork by Bangley looks striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been signed (without dedication) by the author to the front blank endpaper. Marjorie Olive Whitaker, née Taylor was better known under her pseudonym 'Malachi Whitaker'. She was noted for her short stories and an autobiography and wrote nearly 100 stories published in four collections by Jonathan Cape in the 1920s and 1930s. Her talent was recognised by contemporaries: Vita Sackville-West compared her to Katherine Mansfield, and she was known as the 'Bradford Chekhov'. Following the publication of her memoir in 1939, she announced her retirement from writing (Wiki). The author Philip Hensher states ‘it is inexplicable how English letters failed to find a place for a writer of such verve, colour, range and power. She is one of the great English short story writers, and her work is slowly reaching some prominence.’ A collection of her short stories have been reprinted by 'Persephone Books'. This is the first published work, a collection of twenty short stories. A very elusi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Ashton Rare Books ABA : PBFA : ILAB [Leicester, United Kingdom]

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