First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author “For Harry, the private who persisted, from Philip, the private who reformed. 4. xii. 41”, the recipient being noted politician Harry Nathan. Guedalla trained as a barrister before turning to writing in 1923. He ran for parliament as a Liberal candidate on five separate occasions between 1922 and 1931, failing each time, whereas Nathan was successfully elected as the Liberal member for North-East Bethnal Green in 1929 before crossing the floor in February 1933 and serving as an independent for eighteen months and eventually joining Labour; in the early days of the Second World War he helped found the Army Welfare Service. Both men were prominent members of the British Jewry: Guedalla as Deputy of the Board of British Jews, Nathan as an outspoken Zionist leader of the Brady Street Club in Whitechapel (the oldest Jewish boys’ club in London): an excellent association.
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Octavo. Original green cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt. Spine sunned and rolled, corners bumped, top edge foxed, light spotting to half-title, surface-splitting to hinge between sigs. X and Y. A very good copy.