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(Travel) POWELL, S. W.

A South Sea Diary.

Published: London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1942

Stock code: 108554

Price: £65

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First edition, first impression of this travel narrative of an Englishmen who went to Tahiti and purchased a coconut plantation. Provenance: from the publisher’s archive of Victor Gollancz (1893–1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices – he flouted convention, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway over the Book Society choices – to the appearance of his books. The famous yellow jackets, a collaborative design between Gollancz himself and the typographer Stanley Morison, bristle with blurbs, recommendations, and reviews in black and magenta. Prior to its acquisition by Peter Harrington, the archive was shelved together from first publication, though occasionally moved from warehouse to warehouse over the decades. The copies were retained by Gollancz as “archive” or “file” copies and most are stamped in ink with rubber stamps, usually on the front panel of the dust jacket, the front free endpaper, and the title page.

Octavo. Original blue cloth. With the dust jacket. black and white photographs throughout. Wear to extremities, tiny chip to mid rear panel, publisher’s ink number to rear panel and pencil note to front panel. A very good copy.

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