(London: Edward Arnold, 1910). 183 x 122 mm. (7 1/4 x 4 3/4"). [iv], 343 pp., , 8 pp. (ads). FIRST EDITION, later issue.
HANDSOME RED MOROCCO BY BAYNTUN-RIVIERE (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with single gilt rule, raised bands, compartments ruled in gilt with gilt lettering, turn-ins ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Contents with a hint of foxing here and there, the odd negligible blemish, but a FINE, FRESH COPY inside and out, THE BINDING PRISTINE.
This is an attractively bound first edition of the exploration of conflicts between humanist and materialist values widely considered the masterpiece of one of the most important novelists of the 20th century. Cambridge-educated Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) here contrasts the the bohemian Schlegel sisters to the wealth-conscious Wilcoxes, and confirms DNB's observation that he "spoke for liberal humanism." Lord Annan wrote, "No one wrote with greater simplicity or originality in defence of such well-worn concepts as liberty, democracy, and tolerance. . . . He distrusted size, pomp, the Establishment, empires, politics, the upper classes, planners, institutions. He put his trust in individuals, small groups and insignificant people, the life of the heart and mind, personal relations." (ST14281)
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