(London: [Printed by R & R Clark, Edinburgh, for] The Hogarth Press, 1947). 197 x 130 mm. (7 3/4 x 5 1/8"). 191,  pp. 12 unbound quires. Edited by Leonard Woolf. FIRST PROOF OF THE FIRST EDITION.
Housed in a red cloth chemise and matching slipcase, with a black morocco label on the spine. Each gathering stamped in ink "First Proof" and "R & R Clark., Ltd. Edinburgh, 6 Sept 1947 [to 23 Sept 1947]." Kirkpatrick A29. Mild browning (due to paper stock), otherwise AN IMMACULATE COPY, never bound and, apparently, never read.
This is a early proof copy of this posthumous collection of essays, some printed here for the first time, on subjects ranging from Spenser and Congreve to Scott, Dickens, and D. H. Lawrence, and to unexpected topics, including fishing, politics, and royalty. The proof was produced in September of 1947, about three months before the book appeared in December of that year. Comparison to the book discloses a few changes to the preliminary material, but nothing substantial in the text. Our copy bears no proofreader's or editor's marks, and beyond the age-toning to the inexpensive proof paper, it is little changed from the day it left the press. (ST15183)
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