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Sleeveless Errand
Paris: Henry Babou and Jack Kahane, 1929. First Paris edition, with English text. Dust jacket by Maurice Kahane. [viii] 217 [3] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Half cream cloth over boards; sprinkled edges. Paris bookseller's label to front pastedown. In rubbed pictorial dust jacket with a few closed tears; remnants of price sticker on spine. Near fine in very good dust jacket. First Paris edition, with English text. Dust jacket by Maurice Kahane. [viii] 217 [3] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. "Bloody Hell" Sleeveless Errand was banned and confiscated in the U.K. soon after publication but was immediately re-published in Paris by Jack Kahane, founder of the Obelisk Press. British censors objected to the books language and its depiction of immoral and decadent youth. As Arnold Bennet (who approved of the novel) wrote in the evening Standard, "it records the chatter of a familiar type of persons who cannot express themselves at any time on any subject without employing words beginning with 'b'." This edition of Sleeveless Errand sold briskly and, as the first book he published in Paris, "set Kahane's publishing enterprise on the course it would follow until its dissolution in 1939" (Ford). Precedes the creation of the Obelisk Press by two years. Ford, Published in Paris
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