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DOUGLAS, Norman.

Looking Back.

An autobiographical excursion.

Published: London: Chatto & Windus, 1933

Stock code: 104200

Price: £275

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Signed limited edition. Additionally inscribed by the author to his friend, the lawyer Arthur Johnson, “For Arthur, with love from Norman, Capri, January, 1950” (front free endpaper of first volume). Number 533 of 535 copies signed by the author. In 1953 Johnson wrote to Nancy Cunard: “I first met [Douglas] on Capri on the terrace of a café overhanging the little red funicular that toils up and down between the port and the piazza, laden with a heteroclite cargo of tourists from every quarter of Europe and America – a place where holiday couples, from Naples or elsewhere, are unendingly photographed, leaning against the railings with their backs to the sea, by a horde of swiftly-crouching operators or who, with even more wearisome industry, take photographs of one another. There, at first, sat Norman Douglas each morning from 12 to 1, at a table very slightly withdrawn from the flood of excursionists. Often a solitary figure for a moment, you could have painted him in few colours – reddish pinks for the face and hands, white for his mass of gracefully falling hair; the rest of the figure beigey browns and gabardine greys with, on occasion, a startlingly youthful necktie, the nondescript hat; and then his attributes all about him; the pipe in hand, the old tobacco tin, the snuff-box and his stick always beside him.”

2 volumes, large octavo. Original red cloth-backed patterned paper boards, titles to spine gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, bevelled boards. Spines a little faded but gilt still bright, faint spotting to endpapers. An excellent set.

Bibliography: Nancy Cunard, Grand Man: Memories of Norman Douglas, pp. 249–50.

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