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  1. LEWIS, Wyndham.


    London, The Egoist Ltd., 1918.

    First English edition, published in an edition of 1000 (of which 87 distributed gratis). T. S. Eliot thought the book ‘remarkable’. Set in pre-war Paris, Tarr pits its eponymous English artist (‘a caricatural self-portrait of sorts’) against Kreisler, a self-destructive German Romantic...


  2. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    The Caliph’s Design. Architects! Where is your Vortex?

    London, The Egoist Ltd., 1919.

    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.


  3. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    The Childermass … Section 1.

    London, Chatto & Windus, 1928.

    First edition, no. 74 of 225 copies of the special edition, signed by Lewis, additionally inscribed, in c. 1951, ‘To Geoffrey Bridson (through whom I am enabled to finish this book) – deepest thanks and friendliest greetings / Wyndham Lewis’.


  4. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    Doom of Youth …

    London, Chatto & Windus, 1932.

    First English edition, one of Lewis’s scarcest works (only 549 copies avoided destruction). Doom of Youth began life as a series of seven articles on youth politics in Time and Tide in June–July 1931, rounded off with a pair by G. K. Chesterton; it was expanded and first published...


  5. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    Filibusters in Barbary (Record of a Visit to the Sous).

    London, Grayson & Grayson, [1932].

    First edition, scarce in the dust-jacket, ‘an account of his travels which Lewis had written after a holiday with his wife in French Morocco and the Spanish Sahara. The book … emerged as one of the liveliest travel-books of the time. Like all of Lewis’s writing, it was quirky and opinionated,...


  6. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    Snooty Baronet.

    London, Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1932.

    First edition, first issue binding, the first of three books Lewis published with Cassell, and the first of his novels not to find an American publisher.


  7. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    Paleface, the Philosophy of the melting Pot.

    London, Chatto & Windus, 1929.

    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...


  8. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    The Old Gang and the New Gang.

    London, Desmond Harmsworth, 1933.

    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...


  9. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    Time and Western Man.

    London, Chatto & Windus, 1927.

    First edition, first issue (on heavier paper), of Lewis’s ‘single most important philosophical work’ (Morrow & Lafourcade).


  10. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    Thirty Personalities and a Self-portrait.

    London, Desmond Harmsworth, [September 1932].

    First edition, one of circa 200 copies, the last of only three portfolios of art published by Lewis in his lifetime. A sadly imperfect copy, wanting the title (with the verso signed and numbered) and the plates of Noel Coward, James Joyce and J. B. Priestley.


  11. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    The Wild Body.

    London, Chatto & Windus, 1927.

    First trade edition, first issue binding; there was also a special edition of 85 signed copies. A collection, in a much reworked form, of some early sketches written in Brittany, some of which had been published in 1909.


  12. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    The Jews, are they human?

    London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, [1939]

    First edition, Lewis’s first avowedly antifascist text, an argument against antisemitism written after the first draft of The Hitler Cult but published nine months earlier. Lewis had visited Germany, and the Warsaw Ghetto, in 1938, and had been left disturbed. ‘Perhaps because he had come...


  13. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    The Revenge for Love.

    London, Cassell & Co. Ltd., [1937].

    First edition, very scarce in the dust-jacket, of ‘one of Lewis’s finest novels … a brilliant novel of character’ (Bridson, The Filibuster), set in pre-Civil War Spain and centred on an incident of Communist gun-running on the border. ‘Here for once, Communism is accepted as a...


  14. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    Count your Dead they are Alive or a New War in the Making.

    London, Lovat Dickson Limited, [1937].

    First edition. ‘Perhaps his worst political squib … Count Your Dead takes up the argument for an Anglo-German rapprochement where Left Wings over Europe had left off, using the issue of “non-intervention” in the Spanish War as an additional ground for attacking British policy in...


  15. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    Blasting & Bombardiering …

    London, Eyre & Spottiswode, 1937.

    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...


  16. LEWIS, Wyndham.

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

    London, Jonathan Cape, [1936].

    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...


  17. MITCHISON, Naomi; Wyndham LEWIS, illustrator.

    Beyond this Limit …

    [London,] Jonathan Cape, [1935].

    First edition. This was Lewis’s only collaboration with Mitchison but she arranged for the publication of his Left Wings over Europe the following year, and they remained friends until his death. 32 designs by Lewis served as the inspiration for Mitchison’s narrative.


  18. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    Wyndham Lewis the Artist. From ‘Blast’ to Burlington House’ …

    London, Laidlaw & Laidlaw, [1939].

    First edition, first issue. Pound & Grover A29a; Morrow & Lafourcade A29


  19. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    Men without Art …

    London, Cassell & Company Limited, [1934].

    First edition; Lewis takes on and demolishes Hemingway, Faulkner, and Woolf. Bridson reviewed the book in The Criterion in January 1935, pp. 335-337.


  20. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    ‘W. B. Yeats’ [from New Verse new series, I:2, May 1939].

    Offprint of an article from New Verse, loosely an obituary of Yeats who had died in January that year. Lewis was typically ambivalent, referring to the ‘stuffed language’ of Yeats’s early poems. But ‘Yeats has given me a sort of kick: a kind of soft, dreamy kick. I am obliged to him.’