BRITTAIN, Vera.

Testament of Youth.

London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1933 Stock Code: 121385
£5,000.00

The bestselling feminist memoir, rare in the dust jacket

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First edition, first impression, of the powerful feminist classic; notably rare in the dust jacket, especially so in such nice unrestored condition this is the first we have handled. Brittain's memoir was an instant best-seller. Published on 28 August 1933, the first impression of 5,000 copies was exhausted within a week. It went through six impressions before the end of the year, and "enjoyed similar success in America in October, where on its day of publication alone 11,000 copies were bought" (Berry & Bostridge, p. 264). Lengel notes that this was "one of the most important pieces of literature to emerge from the war".

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Description

Octavo. Original orange cloth, title to spine black. With the dust jacket.

Condition

Spine a little faded, faint traces of tape residue to free endpapers, in the jacket with slightly toned spine panel, tiny chips to spine ends, a couple of tiny closed tears to head of panels with light tape repair to verso. An excellent copy in the unusually bright and remarkably well-preserved dust jacket.

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