Earth Stopped or Mr. Marx's Sporting Tour.London: Collins, 1934 Stock Code: 85977
First edition, first impression, of White's early comic novel assembling a ludicrous array of characters at a fox-hunting party at "Woodmansterne Hall... a sort of private Bedlam. The guests are sufficiently ill-assorted to amuse, ranging from the Countess of Scamperdale, who endeavoured to go intellectual as well as horsey, to Mr. Marx the Communist, Aggie Gigle, the most photographed debutate for forty years, and Mary Springwheat, whom nobody had ever photographed at all. Their doings, sporting and otherwise, are chronicled with delicious wit." White's comic touch in satirising the fox-hunting classes intriguingly prefigures the Arthurian writing for which he is much better known; in a letter of 14 January 1938, introducing The Sword in the Stone to his friend Leonard Potts, White wrote, "It has (I fear) its swinish Milneish parts (but, my God, I'd gladly be a Milne for the Milne money) but it is packed with accurate historical knowledge and good allusive criticism of chivalry (I make the fox-huntin' comparison with some glee) which nobody but you will notice."
Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles gilt to spine. With the illustrated dust jacket by Lane Foster.
Fading to spine and along bottom edge of front boar, spine a little rolled, internally clean, very good copy in a near perfect jacket.
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