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POWELL, Anthony.

Caledonia. A Fragment.

Illustrated by Edward Burra.

London, [for the author, 1934] Stock Code: 77382
£7,500.00
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First edition, sole impression, one of fewer than 100 copies printed for Powell himself. This is the dedication copy of Powell's droll Anti-Scots pastiche, inscribed by the author on the dedication leaf, "And Wyndham Lloyd, Esquire being the latter of these two gentlemen referred to the in the printed dedication and this copy being presented by the author himself. Feb. 16th 1930, XXV Geo 5". Loosely inserted in a typed letter signed with both typed and manuscript corrections. Addressed to Lloyd and signed "Tony", it is dated August 26, 1949 and offers thanks for the gift of a book, "Thank you so much for the 'Wonderful Characters' who absolutely delighted me. I have done no more than skim through them yet, but particularly liked the man who crucified himself. I see the Powell family seem to have got no further than being pedestrians; and I have yet to find any Lloyds who are surely included". Powell also refers to a stay with friends in Cornwall and discusses his edition of the Letters of John Aubrey, "The new edition is printed on cardboard instead of lavatory paper so that it appears to be at least three times as long. Do not be taken in by this". The recipient, Wyndham Edward Buckley Lloyd, is referred to in the printed dedication as "A gentleman residing in London, member of a Royal College of Surgeons and Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians". His book, A Hundred Years of Medicine, was published in 1936. Wyndham Lloyd was the brother of the first dedicatee, John Davies Knatchbull Lloyd, who was friendly with the group of intellectuals known as the Bright Young Things, of which Powell was a member. Though Caledonia was printed in order to be given away, most copies were not inscribed at the time of publication, and contemporary inscriptions are particularly uncommon.

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Description

Octavo. Original tartan-patterned boards, red cloth backstrip, printed paper label to upper board. Housed in a red flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery.

Condition

Boards very lightly rubbed, backstrip rubbed and a little frayed, upper joint starting

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