8vo, pp. vi, , 312, with a frontispiece self-portrait and black and white plates; publisher’s orange cloth, top edge stained, pale grey dust-jacket printed in black and yellow to a design by Lewis; a fine copy in a good jacket, stain to front cover, spine browned; bookseller’s ticket ‘Magasin du Nord’, bookplate of the BBC broadcaster D. G. Bridson, a friend of Lewis in the 1950s; laid in loose is a cut down version of the dust-jacket front cover.
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First edition, first issue binding, of one of Lewis’s best and best-known works. It was the first of two largely autobiographical books, this covering 1914-1926 as stated on the jacket, and is now remembered in particular for its coining of the much-discussed phrase ‘The Men of 1914’, referring to the group of writers including himself, Pound, Eliot and Joyce.
Pound & Grover A26a; Morrow & Lafourcade A26.
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The Old Gang and the New Gang.
First edition, binding variant (1), a work on ‘youth cults’ and the rise of European dictatorships. Bridson’s review was not especially complimentary, noting ‘that peculiar “kiddish” idiom which Mr. Lewis uses to advantage in his satiric novels and to little purpose elsewhere … We can excuse his wasting of our time, perhaps, but we cannot so easily excuse the wasting of his own.’