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LEWIS, Wyndham.

The Childermass.

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Published: London: Chatto and Windus, 1928

Stock code: 96009

Price: £575

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First edition, signed limited issue, number 23 of 231 copies signed by the author. Chatto & Windus paid Lewis a £200 advance for the complete Childermass, but his failure to produce volumes II and III resulted in a lawsuit. The contract was eventually transferred to Methuen, and the complete trilogy was not published until 1955, when Methuen published Monstre Gai and Malign Fiesta in a single volume. Collectively, these three books constitute Lewis’s longest single fictive work, together titled The Human Age.

Octavo. Original yellow cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With the dust jacket. Spine gently rolled, contents slightly foxed; an excellent copy in the mildly foxed jacket that has a chip to rear panel, a short closed tear to foot of front panel and head of spine, and a toned spine.

Bibliography: Morrow & Lafourcade A10a.

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