Civilization.London: Chatto & Windus, 1928 Stock Code: 145802
First edition, first impression, this copy with nice provenance, with the ownership inscription to the front pastedown of the author's elder brother, the Lieutenant-Colonel and Conservative MP William Cory Heward Bell,
Clive Bell was part of the Bloomsbury Group and married Virginia Woolf's sister Vanessa Bell, who designed many of Woolf's dust jackets for the Hogarth Press. Bell dedicated Civilization to Virginia Woolf, not only because "by the spell of your name I might hope to charm my readers" but also because they were close childhood friends. In this work of political philosophy, Bell asks what kind of civilization was Britain fighting for in the First World War, and argues what that society should look like following the conflict.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
Spine sunned and cocked, a little rubbing to extremities, free endpapers browned, faint foxing to a few pages and edges, else a very good copy.
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