First Book, Inscribed

Night Fears and other stories.

London: Putnam, 1924.

Price: $7,500.00

About the item

First edition. viii, 220, [3] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. First Book, Inscribed. Original green cloth titled in gilt. Fine copy in original dust jacket (spine lightly toned; faintest paste action to gutter of flyleaves).

Item #346602

Inscribed on the front flyleaf, Isabel Adams from Leslie Hartley.

An outstanding copy of the first book from this L.P. Hartley (1895-1972), whose other works included The Go-Between (1953), with the famous opening sentence, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”, which “can be taken metaphorically, but also as a more literal iteration of the strangeness of the world and its stories” (SFE).