INSCRIBED ‘MY BEST COPY’

The Demon of Progress in the Arts.

London, Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1954.

8vo, pp. vi, 97, [1], with five plates; black publisher’s cloth, yellow dust-jacket printed in red and black; a fine copy in a near-fine jacket, spine slightly sunned; bookplate of Lewis’s friend D. G. Bridson, scattered pencil markings in margin, two page references on a sheet of paper laid in loose.

£650

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US $795€753

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First edition, inscribed ‘To Geoffrey / my best copy / Wyndham’. Lewis breaks here with abstraction in the arts, naming Michael Ayrton, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Ceri Richards and others as ‘the finest group of painters and sculptors which England has ever known’. Ayrton collaborated on many illustrations and dust-jacket designs after Lewis lost his sight.

Pound & Grover A39; Morrow & Lafourcade A39a.

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