BETJEMAN, John. Mount Zion or In Touch with the Infinite. London: The James Press, . Square 8°. Half title, printed in brown and blue on green and pink paper, illustrations, several by De Cronin Hastings, many full-page, initials. Original coloured decorated paper boards with label printed in blue, label laid down on upper cover (lower half and upper portion from spine lacking), modern box. FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR’S FIRST BOOK, PRESENTATION COPY TO PETER WATSON, inscribed, “To my dear old chum Peter Watson whose happy spirit, high class instincts, good wine & good class house it has been my privilege to visit …”. The publisher Edward James’s surrealist credentials are evident in the choice of illustration for the front cover; as a whole the book was intended as an example of tastelessness.
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