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The Dark Monarch
Galley Press 1962 - Galley Press, London, 1962. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Dust Jacket Condition: VERY GOOD. Sven Berlin (illustrator). First. HB DJ 1st Ed. Red and black illustration + printed DJ clipped. Yellow cloth boards. Gilt bird on red box front bottom right. Gilt titles on red block on spine. 22.3 x 15.2cm. 204 pages. b/w illustrations. Very rare first edition book, as it was withdrawn immediately after publication & destroyed, due to artists who believed themselves to be portrayed in the book taking libel action. There are only a couple of hundred copies of the original first edition in existence. Even more so as this copy is signed by the author to the front fep. Most likely the only copy signed by him.   After his war experiences reflected in 'I Am Lazarus', here in Dark Monarch, he shows the struggle to revive his sculptor & painter creativity. At this point in Cornwall, a phase of life, in which as he puts it, 'some of us seemed to be caught in the slip-stream of evil forces which often follow destruction'. Condition: DJ slight rub top/bottom spine + corners and very small tear to bottom right hand panel. End papers minor age freckles. Overall: clean, little wear, good colour, tight binding. VERY GOOD. rare signed copy.  [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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