[The Sherston Trilogy:] Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man; Memoirs of an Infantry Officer; Sherston's Progress.London: Faber and Gwyer,/Faber & Faber, 1928-36 Stock Code: 120391
Signed limited editions of the complete Sherston Trilogy: Fox-Hunting Man, number 33 of 260 copies; Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, number 464 of 750 copies; Sherston's Progress, number 206 0f 300 copies. Infantry Officer and Sherston's Progress are first editions, published simultaneously with the first trade editions; Fox-Hunting Man was issued one month after the trade edition and "was an afterthought, made when the success of the ordinary edition was assured and the identity of the author known" (Keynes). "In the late 1920s Sassoon turned to prose, drawing on his pre-war diaries and those for the first quarter of 1916 for his Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man. This was published in 1928, anonymously, though his name appeared in the second impression. This lightly fictionalized autobiography of his early years in Kent, in which he figures as the narrator George Sherston, was an immediate success, was awarded the Hawthornden and James Tait Black memorial prizes, and was quickly accepted as a classic of its kindan elegy for a way of life which had gone for ever. He continued the story in Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930) and Sherston's Progress (1936)" (Rupert Hart-Davis in ODNB).
Provenance: bookplate of Maxwell Steinhardt (1889-1977), a "lawyer and an avid book collector... an admirer of George Bernard Shaw, he was president of the Shaw Society of America... Mr. Steinhardt graduated from Harvard in 1910, and Harvard Law School in 1913. He served in France in World War I as an army captain" (New York Times obituary); he was also a member of the prestigious Grolier Club. The bookplate was specially commissioned from the great American illustrator Rockwell Kent (see Don E. Roberts, Rockwell Kent: The Art of the Bookplate).
3 volumes, octavo. Original blue buckram, titles to spines in gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.
Spines faded to brown, periphery of boards lightly sunned, dark stain to spine of vol. III, internally clean. An excellent set.
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