(PRÉVOST, Jean.) [SCHIFF, Sydney.] HUDSON, Stephen.
First edition, first impression. The author’s signed presentation copy to Jean Prévost, the French writer, academic, and Second World War resistance fighter. “Inscribed For Jean Prévost, Here’s Tony, an inadequate return for “Les Fréres Bouquinquant” and “Dix-huitième Année”. I’ve told you with love how high I rate those two books and I’m no good at handsome inscriptions and felicitously phrased eulogies. Besides we know each other now and we can mutually dispense with compliments. Yours in friendship, S.H. (S.S.) 12.x.’31”. There are also annotations to the first half of the text, most noting the meanings of words and phrases that might be obscure to a non-native speaker. The author, Sydney Schiff, wrote several novels under the pseudonym Stephen Hudson, but is best remembered as a literary patron with an extensive circle of artistic acquaintances.
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Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles to spine and upper board in brown. Boards very lightly rubbed, partial tanning to free endpapers, contents very slightly toned. An excellent copy.