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ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo.

In His Own Image.

London & New York: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1901 Stock Code: 131348
£4,500.00
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With the almost unheard of jacket in bright condition

First edition, first printing, first issue binding, with the highly scarce jacket, Wolff noting "no copy traced". This work expands Rolfe's earlier collection of short stories describing the travels of a group of young saints, Stories Toto Told Me (1898), from six to thirty-two. The sheets for this work were printed in the US, and 1,500 sets were imported into the UK, where the book was published on 5 March 1901. It was released in the US one month later, on 6 April 1901. Copies issued in the US were bound in purple cloth, as in the present copy, and those in the UK in green, grey, red, or dark blue cloth. Woolf suggests, however, that the earliest copies issued in the UK were imported from the US already bound in the purple cloth.

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Description

Octavo. Original purple cloth, spine and front cover lettered in white, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With dust jacket.

Condition

Bookseller's ticket to front pastedown. Spine faded with a spot of loss to colour, rubbing and fading to board edges, light foxing to endpapers, a couple of spots of worm damage to book block; a very good copy in the scarce, faintly soiled, jacket with a couple of chips to extremities, a little loss to centre of spine, short closed tear to foot of front panel.

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