Sir Rusty Sword
A Novel.London: Hutchinson & Co.,  Stock Code: 145927
First edition, first impression, Dylan Thomas's copy, inscribed to him by his friend the author on the first blank, "For Dylan and Caitlin Thomas will all love from Philip Lindsay". Due perhaps to his itinerant and chaotic existence, few books from Thomas's library have survived.
Lindsay was Thomas's co-scriptwriter at the Strand Film Company. The pair met there in 1940, and while working together became close friends and drinking partners. Gerald Kersh later remarked that an account of one of their benders "would make The Lost Weekend sound like Southey's Life of Nelson. Dylan got his penis stuck in a two ounce honey pot. Why he put it there I don't know. On the same occasion he pushed a shirt button up his nose and couldn't get it out either" (Lycett, p. 243).
Philip Lindsay (1906-1958) was himself the son of artist Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), the younger brother of writer Jack Lindsay (1900-1990), and an author in his own right. Sir Rusty Sword, one of his historical novels, is set in Elizabethan England.
Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
Some rubbing to extremities, small dampstain to lower outer corner of front cover, foxing to edges and first and last few leaves, corner of pp. 25-26 folded. A sound copy.
Andrew Lycett, Dylan Thomas: A New Life, 2003.
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