Public Faces. A Novel.London: Constable & Co Ltd, 1932 Stock Code: 147737
Rare in the jacketFirst edition, first impression, of Nicolson's great (and, from the jacket blurb, seemingly prophetic) political novel: "Staged in the Foreign Office, the book describes how, during the first week of June, 1939, Great Britain becomes involved in an international crisis, which exposes her to the alternative of complete humiliation or of war against a combination of the four great powers".
Harold Nicolson (1886-1968) was a diplomat and Bloomsbury author who married Vita Sackville-West in 1913 (more an "open" than a "lavender" marriage, since although both Vita and Harold continued to have homosexual relationships with other people throughout their lives, they were also devoted to one another and had two sons). He served in the foreign office during the First World War (being selected to hand the Germans Britain's declaration of war in 1914), and went on to have a career in the foreign service and in politics.
Octavo. Original brown cloth, spine lettered in green, top edge green. With dust jacket.
Pencil ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Minimal bumping to spine ends, the binding otherwise sharp, internally fresh and clean. A near-fine copy in very good jacket, price-clipped, a couple of small edge-splits, light dust-soiling.
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