Testament of Youth.London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1933 Stock Code: 121385
NotesFirst 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".
Octavo. Original orange cloth, title to spine black. With the dust jacket.
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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