CAPRICE. Ronald Firbank.


London: Grant Richards Ltd., 1917. First Edition. "Caprice is about a "flight from the provinces," the hazards of success, the emptiness of fame. All this is contained in the plot. It tells of Sarah Sinquier, who gathers together her heirloom pearls and the family silver and flees from a cathedral town to the London stage. With the hypocritical guidance of Mrs. Sixsmith, Sarah opens triumphantly at her own theater as Juliet, only to die the next dawn. Happy in her "delicious" success, she approaches the empty stage, breaks into a private dance, and falls into a moustrap, where she dies" (Benkovitz, p.158). Unaccountably scarce in dustjacket. Benkovitz A5. Item #5779

First Impression, one of 500 copies. Octavo (19.25cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; green topstain; dustjacket; [8],9-141,[3]pp, with pictorial frontispiece by Augustus John. Subtle offsetting to endpapers, else a fresh, Fine copy. Dustjacket is lightly edgeworn and dust-soiled on spine and panels, with a few tiny tears, and small nicks to corner tips; Very Good+.

Price: $1,000.00

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