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HALL, Radclyffe.

The Well of Loneliness.

Published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1928

Stock code: 34630

Price: £1,250

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First edition, first impression. This famous and highly controversial lesbian novel became the target of a campaign by the editor of the Sunday Express newspaper, who believed it to be morally toxic. The novel went through two small printings in Britain before being suppressed. In the same year there was a continental printing in English, from the more liberal Parisian publishers, Pegasus Press. For decades The Well of Loneliness was the best-known lesbian novel in English.

Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full black morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, plain coated endpapers burgundy, all edges gilt. A fine copy.

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