Letters from Iceland.London: Faber and Faber, 1937 Stock Code: 147786
First edition, first impression, inscribed by Auden on the title page "For William Gray, with love from Wystan". This is a lovely association copy of this pre-war travelogue, collaboratively written by Isherwood and Auden in prose and verse respectively.
The recipient, Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993), fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T. S. Eliot, and on one occasion met Ezra Pound. Auden dedicated the poem "The Aliens" to Gray, toured Europe with him, and in 1971 found him a position as a visiting lecturer in American Literature at the University of Graz in Austria.
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in red and purple, top edge blue. With supplied dust jacket.
Photographic frontispiece, 15 photographic plates, 7 diagrams and folding map to rear.
Bookseller's ticket to front pastedown; crossed out ink ownership to front free endpaper. Cocked, a hint of wear to corners, light soiling to boards, the binding otherwise sound, scattered foxing throughout, else internally fresh. A very good copy in very good jacket, not price-clipped, light creasing and rubbing to edges.
Bloomfield and Mendelson, A15.
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