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LEWIS, Cecil.

The Trumpet is Mine.

With a Frontispiece.

Published: London: Peter Davies, 1938

Stock code: 88522

Price: £1,750

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy with a lengthy inscription by the author in pencil on the front free endpaper, “Mr Rubinstein, In every case where I refer to the ‘R MS’ it means my paraphrase of his original MS sent to me in the summer of ’36. This original MS I have destroyed (of his)—but my MS from which the things are taken in the book I have here. You can always have it if the need arises. CAL.” The recipient was Harold Rubenstein (1891–1975), a solicitor with a literary practice who took a scholarly interest in religion and wrote plays linking Judaism and Christianity, published by his brother-in-law Victor Gollancz. He established his reputation by defending Radclyffe Hall’s novel, The Well of Loneliness, in 1928.

Octavo. Original greyish-white cloth, titles to spine in dark blue. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece. Cloth a little dulled with some small spots, margins of contents toned. A very good copy in the rubbed and tanned jacket with some small chips, short splits, and spots.

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