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Against the Grain (A Rebors) [together with] Down There (La-Bas).
London: The Fortune Press, [1926 and 1930] - 2 works, octavo. Original black buckram, titles to spines gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With the dust jackets. Work 1: rubbing to the corners, mild spotting to endpapers and tanning to the margins of leaves; work 2 only mild tanning to the endpapers. Both excellent copies in mildly rubbed, spine-tanned and soiled jackets. Limited issue Fortune Press editions of Huysman's two major works (originally published in 1884 and 1891 respectively); Against the Grain: first English edition, first printing, one of just 250 numbered copies in the better binding; Down There: one of a numbered 2000 copies on Antique Laid Paper. A Rebors, Huysman's celebrated decadent novel, has long been revered, both in its own right and because it was famously the book which Oscar Wilde made Dorian Gray read as his tutelary manual of aestheticism, describing it as "the strangest book he had ever read". Copies of this limited edition of Against the Grain are very scarce in this state. La Bas introduced Huysman's semi-autobiographical character Durtal who, disgusted with the shallow vulgarity of the modern world, turns to the mediaeval past for solace, and eventually finds (and enters) a thriving underworld of black magic and practising Satanism in fin de si├Ęcle France. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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