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COLE, G. D. H. & Margaret Cole.

A Guide to Modern Politics.

London, Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1934 Stock Code: 96230
£25.00
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First edition, first impression. "Understand the questions which have meant life or death in Germany, Russia, Italy, and which may very soon mean life or death for us" proclaims the front of the dust jacket - a good example of eye-catching Gollancz design and typography.

Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices - he flouted convention, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway over the Book Society choices - to the appearance of his books. The famous yellow jackets, a collaborative design between Gollancz himself and the typographer Stanley Morison, bristle with blurbs, recommendations, and reviews in black and magenta.
Prior to its acquisition by Peter Harrington, the archive was shelved together from first publication, though occasionally moved from warehouse to warehouse over the decades. The copies were retained by Gollancz as "archive" or "file" copies and most are stamped in ink with rubber stamps, usually on the front panel of the dust jacket, the front free endpaper, and the title page.

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Description

Octavo. Original red cloth lettered in black. With the dust jacket.

Condition

Foot of spine of dust jacket a little rumpled, one or two nicks or short tears. A very good copy.

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