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Tom’s A-Cold. A Tale.

Published: London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1933

Stock code: 88550

Price: £750

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “My dear Edith [Sitwell], This is a rather uncertain venture into a new genre. I fear you will not find it possible to look so kindly on it as you did my last, but I am still your most devoted, most enthusiastic admirer, John Collier”. Collier was a fixture on the English literary scene during the 1920s and 30s, counting among his friends the Sitwells, E. M. Forster, and Wyndham Lewis. Tom’s A-Cold, taking its title from Shakespeare’s King Lear, was his third novel, set in a post-apocalyptic future in which society has reverted to a medieval way of life.

Octavo. Original green cloth, black morocco label to spine. With the dust jacket. Spine rolled. An excellent, fresh copy in the rubbed jacket with some nicks, small chips, and short splits.

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