Titus Groan.London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1946 Stock Code: 137966
NotesFirst edition, first impression (with the correct first impression jacket - no reviews, and no "Second Impression" to front flap), a scarce presentation copy inscribed on the half-title, "wishing you everything you most wish for yourselves - from Mervyn Peake, 1947". This copy was presented as a wedding present to the actors Dorothy Hyson and Anthony Quayle, who married 3 June 1947, "a day of blazing sunshine when 60 guests managed to drink exactly 60 bottles of champagne" (Anthony Quayle, A Time to Speak, 1990). Dorothy lived in Chelsea during the war and had a wide circle of literary and artistic friends, including Peake. Titus Groan was the first instalment in Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy, and true presentation copies are seldom met with.
Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the Peake designed dust jacket.
Front free endpaper torn away, slight rubbing to ends and corners, otherwise sound and clean, overall a very good copy with the jacket somewhat tanned to spine panel and a chipped and torn at the ends and corners. The blank rear panel has some ink annotations by Quayle's hand, apparently assessing the cost of swapping out his old car for a new Countryman.
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