Huxley, Aldous

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Place Published: London
Publisher: The Florence Press / Chatto & Windus
Date Published: 1926
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 3124


One of 650 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.446. Octavo (22cm); marbled paper-covered boards and blue cloth backstrip, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; top edge gilt; publisher's original dustjacket, printed in navy blue on cream paper, with corresponding limitation number penciled at lower spine; viii,257,[3]pp. Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket, unclipped (priced (42s. net), showing some trivial wear to extremities, mild dust-soil, with a faint damp mark at right edge of front panel, and a short tear at base of spine (archivally mended on verso). Laid into this copy is a brief typed memorandum on George H. Doran letterhead: "10 October 1925 / Mr. Doran: Here is the original Aldous Huxley manuscript, for which you asked. / AF." Accompanied by Huxley's original typescript for the preliminary essay "In A Tunisian Oasis," on ten leaves of onionskin, with the author's holograph corrections throughout. Typescript horizontally folded at center; a few paper-clip impressions, creases, and short tears to margins, else very well preserved. Housed in a custom slipcase and chemise.


Distinguished copy of Huxley's third collection of essays, from the collection of his American publisher George H. Doran. "In A Tunisian Oasis," the first of the 28 essays appearing in the book, recounts Huxley's travels throughout Tunisia. Aside from being a superb little piece of travel writing, it contains Huxley's observations on Muslim attitudes, Islamic thought, and the demise of Arab culture. The essay was also included in his 1936 collection The Olive Tree. Bromer A16.1; Duval, pp.53-54.

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