8vo, pp. 70, ; publisher’s blue marbled paper over stiff card, printed cover label, a very good copy, label slightly cockled, spine faded; booklabel of Lewis’s friend and biographer, the BBC broadcaster D. G. Bridson.
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First edition, a pamphlet of art criticism, particularly an attack on ugly modern architecture; there is (rare) praise for Cézanne and Picasso. It was printed in an edition of 1000, of which 121 were distributed gratis and 84 eventually remaindered and returned to Lewis.
Pound & Grover A3; Morrow & Lafourcade A4.
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PRE-PUBLICATION COPY, INSCRIBED LEWIS, Wyndham.
The Writer and the Absolute …
First edition, inscribed ‘To my dear friend Geoffrey Bridson / Wyndham Lewis / 25 June 1952’. The work was published the following day.
review copy LEWIS, Wyndham.
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.’ Pound & Grover A19a; Morrow & Lafourcade A20.