The Gilt Kid; There Ain’t No Justice; You’re In the Racket, Too.
First edition, first impressions of the first three novels by the undeservedly obscure James Curtis, whose works rivalled those of his contemporaries Graham Greene and Christopher Isherwood. Curtis, after a middle class upbringing, embraced leftist politics and turned to the underworld, writing novels about criminals, prostitutes, and boxers. After the 1930s he began a slide into obscurity, and today is one of British literature’s great “missing persons”. These novels are scarce in jackets, and a set in this condition is a rarity.
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3 volumes, octavo. Original yellow cloth, titles to spines in turquoise. With the dust jackets. Ticket of the Dutch department store Magasin Du Nord to each front pastedown. Excellent copies in the dust jackets with very light wear to the extremities.