Paleface, the Philosophy of the melting Pot.

London, Chatto & Windus, 1929.

8vo, pp. xi, [1], 303, [1]; publisher’s black cloth, white spine; colour-printed dust-jacket with a design revised by Lewis; slightly shaken but a good copy in a very good jacket, reinforced on verso in a few places, a few short tears to head; bookplate of the BBC broadcaster D. G. Bridson, a friend of Lewis in the 1950s, with his pencil markings in the margin throughout.

£650

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First edition, a considerably expanded version of an essay which first appeared in The Enemy no. 2, examining ‘race-consciousness’ in contemporary literature and the ‘melting pot’ philosophy of America. ‘I am heart and soul upon the side of the Melting Pot, not upon that of the Barbed Wire’ he maintains, but there are chilling arguments against miscegenation and decrying ‘white guilt’. Particular targets of Lewis’s satire were Sherwood Anderson’s Dark Laughter and D. H. Lawrence’s Mornings in Mexico.

Using this copy, Bridson wrote at length about the work in his critical study of Lewis, The Filibuster pp. 75-95.

Pound & Grover A10a; Morrow & Lafourcade A11.

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