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FORD, Ford Madox
Mister Bosphorus and the Muses or a Short History of Poetry in Britain Variety Entertainment in Four Acts
London: Duckworth & Co, 1923. Jacket a bit toned and faded, chips at ends of spine and corners, discoloration on endpaper crossing inscription. 4to. 126, [1] pages. Woodcuts by Paul Nash. Original quarter black cloth, pictorial boards; pictorial dust jacket. FIRST EDITION. A REMARKABLE ASSOCIATION COPY, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Joseph Conrad from Ford Madox Ford 16.xi.MXMXXIII." Written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the rear free endpaper is a quotation from p. 57, with the first line differing in syntax from the published line ("The Gods ascribe to each a differing lot!" in manuscript versus "The Gods to each ascribe a differing lot!" in print). These lines are of importance in Ford's biography: Ford's last partner was the artist Janice Biala. When Ford was buried in Deauville, France, his funeral was scarcely attended due to the war. A drunken gravedigger buried him in the wrong place, in unhallowed ground reserved for temporary graves. When Biala returned after the war, she was told that the grave needed to be moved. "That was Ford all over," she commented. "He couldn't rest quietly even in his grave. As he so often said, "The gods to each other ascribe a differing lot / some enter at the portals, some do not" again a variation on the printed text, but clearly indicative that these lines were flush with meaning for Ford and those closest to him. (See Alan Judd, Ford Madox Ford, Cambridge, 1991, p. 444). Ford and Conrad collaborated on three novels: The Inheritors (1901), Romance (1903) and The Nature of a Crime (1924, though written earlier). Alwa … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Riverrun Books & Manuscripts [United States]

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