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Keep the Aspidistra Flying.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd,, 1936. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in blue. With the dust jacket and red wraparound band. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Publisher's file copy, with their inkstamp to front free endpaper and front panel of jacket. A superb copy. First edition, first impression. The first edition consisted of 3,000 sets of sheets of which only 2,500 were bound. Of these more than 200 were destroyed during the war. Copies in the dust jacket appear on the market with considerable infrequency. We have handled just two other examples. Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893–1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices – he flouted convention, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway over the Book Society choices – to the appearance of his books. The famous yellow jackets, a collaborative design between Gollancz himself and the typographer Stanley Morison, bristle with blurbs, recommendations, and reviews in black and magenta. Prior to its acquisition by Peter Harrington, the archive was shelved together from first publication, though occasionally moved from warehouse to warehouse over the decades. The copies were retained by Gollancz as "archive" or "file" copies and most are stamped in ink with rubber stamps, usually on the front panel of the dust jacket, the front free endpaper, and the title page.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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