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Sidgwick & Jackson, London 1978 - First impression of the first UK edition. Published in USA in 1976 jointly with another title 'The Witch'. This is the first true separate edition.***Four-page introduction by J. B Pick.***Near fine in bright green cloth-covered boards with metallic violet titles to spine. Bookseller's "Reader's Rest, Lincoln" sticker to bottom of first free endpaper. No inscriptions. Pages bright and white. In a near fine colour illustrated price-clipped dustwrapper. Extremities of dustwrapper very slightly rubbed. No tears. Dustwrapper crisp and bright. Spine of dustwrapper bright with only the very slightest hint of fading. No tears.***204 x 132 mm. 252 pages.***'The Violet Apple has a beauty which does not depend on the words themselves but upon its very essence; it takes root in the mind. What you hold in your had is a strange and sober work of art.***On the surface it is a mild tale of the misunderstanding of two engaged couples: Anthony Kerr and Grace Lytham; Jim Lytham and Haidee Croyland. it relates the wayward efforts of the enchanting Haidee to awaken Anthony to his own deeper nature and to this essential kinship with her. But breaking across the conventional story is another dimension of reality - the theme of the seed brought back from the Crusades from which grows a dwarf tree bearing two tiny violet apples.***Haidee and Anthony plunge into this deeper dimension. Reality or illusion? The book poses that question and provides its answer. The description of their spiritual experiences is one of the most vivid and intense pieces of writing in Lindsay's work. No one who reads it can be in any doubt that this is the man who wrote A Voyage to Arcturus.' [Quote from inside front of dustwrapper blurb] ***David Lindsay was born in 1878 and brought up in Blackheath and Jedburgh. His father deserted the family when David was thirteen, and he had to start work as a clerk in the City of London. He remained there, a methodical and conscientious breadwinner until the war, during which had spent two years in the Army without seeing foreign service. in 1918 he married Jacqueline Silver, and never returned to his job in the city. The couple went to live in Cornwall and with his wife's enthusiastic encouragement David began to write. He was then over forty. He died in June 1945, ill from blood poisoning and alienated from his wife.***His first book, entitled by him Nightspore in Tormance and published as A Voyage to Arcturus, appeared in 1920. It sold only 596 copies, yet its reputation has grown steadily ever since and it is now widely accepted as a work of extraordinary power and grandeur. The other books published in his lifetime were The Haunted Woman, Sphinx, The adventures of Mailly,and Devils' Tor.***The Violet Apple was written in 1924, and after its rejection by John Long, lIndsy revised it between 1925 and 1926. There is a record of its having been returned once more before he withdrew it from offer. It finally saw publication in 1976 in America [together with The Witch]. This is its first appearance in Britain.' (Quote form inside rear of jacket blurb).***A rare literary first edition to find especially in such nice collectable condition in its original dustwrapper with no tears. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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