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HANLEY, James.

Boy.

Alfred A. Knopf, New York , 1932 Stock Code: 106904
£450.00
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Notes

First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed to the publisher and editor Alan Steele, and his wife, on the front free endpaper: "To Alan & Phyllis with best wishes James Hanley". Originally published at London in 1931 in an edition of 145 copies for subscribers only, Boy is "an appalling story of sexual violence on board ship" (ODNB) related by its eponymous cabin-boy. When in 1934 it was issued in a cheap edition, copies were seized by the police and the book was successfully prosecuted for obscenity. The jacket of this edition carries a puff by T. E. Lawrence quoted from a letter to the author, "Boy is very remarkable..." Not common in the dust jacket.

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Description

Octavo. Original pale grey cloth, spine and front cover lettered and decorated in dark red and black, top edge purplish, others untrimmed. With the dust jacket.

Condition

Jacket spine sunned, a couple of nicks at head of spine, book spine toned, a little shaken but an excellent copy.

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