Tom’s A-Cold. A Tale.
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.
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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.