Left Wings Over Europe: or, how to make a War about Nothing.

London, Jonathan Cape, [1936].

8vo, pp. 333, [1]; publisher’s red cloth, black, red and white dust-jacket; a very good copy in a good jacket (the red lettering partly faded); bookplate of the BBC broadcaster and later friend of Lewis D. G. Bridson; scattered pencil corrections to typographical errors.


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First edition, first printing, a reiteration of the delusions about Hitler that Lewis had first presented in Hitler (1931), alongside a rejection of the Internationalism he had argued so firmly for in The Art of Being Ruled and would later espouse once more. Lewis afterwards dismissed the work as ‘quite unimportant … a violent reaction against Left-wing incitement to war’ (Rude Assignment).

Pound & Grover A23a; Morrow & Lafourcade A23.

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