The author's first novel
Spender, Stephen ~ The Backward Son : Inscribed And Signed By The Author In The Year Of Publication : Association Copy
The Hogarth Press : 1940
The First UK Printing published by The Hogarth Press in 1940. The BOOK is in just about Very Good condition. A little ghosting and some marking to the spine and cover edges with a light stain to the rear fore edge. Some toning to the text block and page edges. Moderate offsetting and a little spotting to the end papers. Early cracking of the front hinge but the binding remains tight. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good condition. Some rubbing at the folds and spine ends with some loss at the upper spine end. Light toning to the white lettering on the spine. A small closed tear area at the upper rear edge. A closed tear along the rear flap fold which has been reinforced with tape to the verso. The Robert Buhler designed wrapper artwork remains very striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been inscribed by the author on the front blank end-paper: 'To Ruthven, with love and best wishes from, Stephen, April 29 1940'. The recipient was the author Ruthven Todd. According to Woolmer, only 2000 copies were printed and the book was published in May 1940. It is likely that the book was inscribed around or on publication day. This, the English modernist poet's first published novel, an autobiographical work about his childhood school experiences. The protagonist, Geoffrey Bland, is the son of an overbearing father and ineffectual mother who is sent away to boarding school at a young age. Virginia Woolf praised the novel in her diary (May 6, 1940). A very interesting association copy of the author's first novel.
CONDITION: Very Good
JACKET: Very Good