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WREN, Percival Christopher.

Beau Geste.

With illustrations by Helen McKie.

Published: London: John Murray, 1927

Stock code: 106642

Price: £875

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First illustrated and first de luxe edition, number 665 of 1,000 copies signed by the author; Beau Geste was originally published in 1924 and it is no coincidence that this edition followed the success of the silent film version of 1926 (there is a hint of Ronald Coleman about McKie’s depiction of the hero).

Large octavo (220 x 145 mm). Late 20th century red full morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, gilt panelled spine with central gilt stamp of crossed rifles over a bugle, two-line gilt border on sides, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, three-line gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece of the author, 4 colour plates tipped in to pale grey heavy stock paper (with captioned tissue guards), 16 monochrome plates tipped in to laid paper (with captioned tissue guards), 9 head-pieces, by Helen McKie. A handsomely bound copy of this attractive edition.

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