FIRBANK, Ronald. Vainglory. London: Grant Richards Ltd., . 8°. Half title, coloured frontispiece by Felicien Rops, without the publisher’s advertisements (some light mainly marginal spotting). Original black cloth lettered in gilt, pictorial dust-jacket (jacket somewhat soiled and torn at the foot of backstrip with slight loss, head of backstrip chipped). FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR’S SCARCE FIRST NOVEL. Benkovitz A2: “500 copies were printed … Some copies lack the publisher’s catalogue.” With 6 other books by the same author, namely Inclinations (London, 1916, illustrated by Albert Rutherston),The Princess Zoubaroff (ibid., 1920, illustrations by Michael Sevier), The Flower beneath the Foot (1923, illustrated by C. R. W. Nevinson, Augustus John and Wyndham Lewis), Prancing Nigger (New York, ), Sorrow in Sunlight (London, , NUMBER THREE OF 1,000 COPIES, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed, “Affectionately for Victor [Cunard] in Trusteeship for Nancy [Cunard], Ronald Firbank 1924”) and Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli (New York, 1926), ALL FIRST EDITIONS IN ORIGINAL CLOTH WITH DUST-JACKETS, except where indicated.
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