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The Rock Pool.

Published: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936

Stock code: 107471

Price: £1,500

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First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Connelly on the front free endpaper to Anne Bakewell Rogers: “Annie, with all love from Cyril. This is the very rare US edition which I believe only sold 350 copies – I remember I wouldn’t have my photograph on the jacket and they were very cross. They seem to have used the same type and misprints as the Paris edition – but nice endpapers. CC. Thirty years later – March 1963.” With Rogers’s ownership signature to the front pastedown. Anne was the older sister of Connolly’s former wife Jean, née Jean Bakewell. The girls were born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Baltimore; when Jean died in 1950, it was Anne who informed Connolly of her death. Connolly was a frequent visitor at La Consula, the home of Anne and her husband Bill on the Costa del Sol, and had assisted them in their search to buy a house there. An unpublished archive of 51 letters from Connolly to the couple are held at the University of Tulsa. The Rock Pool was first published earlier the same year in Paris.

Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles to spine and front board in brown on blue ground, blue illustrated endpapers. With a supplied dust jacket. Housed in a custom blue morocco box. Spine rolled and browned, spine ends and tips lightly worn, occasional light marks to contents; jacket with toned spine, minor loss to head of spine, and foot of front panel, and some shallow chips to extremities. A very good copy.

Bibliography: Lewis, Cyril Connolly: A Life.

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