Ford, Ford Madox ~ Parades End (The”Tietjens” Novels): Some Do Not : No More Parades : A Man Could Stand Up : Last Post
Duckworth : 1924-1928
A Four Volume set of 'Parades End'. ALL are the First UK Printings published by Duckworth between 1924-28. Vol.1 : 'SOME DO NOT' (published 1924), in olive green cloth with white lettering. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition. Pushing to the spine ends and light bumping to the corners. Fading of colouring to the spine and the white lettering but sill legible. Minor rubbing to the edges in a few places. Text-block lightly toned and spotted. Light offsetting and spotting to the endpapers and prelims. Light spotting to the page edges in places. The binding remains tight. Free from inscriptions. No wrapper present. David Dow Harvey's bibliography does not mention a wrapper until under the reprints for the same year as the first impression. It is unclear as to whether the first state was actually issued with a wrapper as the reprint wrapper's price was the same price as the first issue of 7/6 net. An extremely scarce title to find in any condition. Vol. 2 : 'NO MORE PARADES' (published 1925). The BOOK and WRAPPER are in near Fine condition. Light toning to the text-block with light spotting nd offsetting to the end papers and prelims. Free from inscriptions. The wrapper has some toning to the spine and folds. Apart from a little edge-wear at the upper spine ends, it is in wonderful condition for its age and as nice a copy as you are likely to find. Vol. 3 : 'A MAN COULD STAND UP' (published 1926). The BOOK is in near Fine condition. Light toning to the text block and offsetting to the end papers. Free from inscriptions. The WRAPPER is in Very Good+ condition. Mild edge-wear with a little loss at the spine ends and corners. A closed tear to the rear cover upper edge and lower front spine fold. Vol. 4 : 'LAST POST' (published 1928). The BOOK and WRAPPER are in near Fine condition. Light toning to the text-block and free from inscriptions. Small bookseller stick to the lower rear pastedown. The wrapper is very clean with just a little toning to the spine. A very sharp copy and as nice a copy as you are likely to find. All four wrappers are protected in removable Brodart archival covers. Ford's tetralogy set during WWI, mainly in England and on the western front, where Ford himself served as an officer in the Welch Regiment. John N. Gray hailed the 'Parade's End' tetralogy as 'possibly the greatest 20th-century novel in English' and Mary Gordon labeled it as 'quite simply, the best fictional treatment of war in the history of the novel.' The basis for the highly acclaimed 2012 BBC / HBO mini-series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall. A remarkable set - I can find no auction records for a set with such attributes in the last 20 years. Highly collectible. More images available on request.
CONDITION: Very Good++ / Near Fine
JACKET: Very Good++ / Near Fine