Two books by Cyril Connolly
Two books by Cyril Connolly

CYRIL CONNOLLY, 1938 AND 1944

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Two books by Cyril Connolly
Cyril Connolly, 1938 and 1944
CONNOLLY, Cyril (1903-1974). Enemies of Promise. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1938.

First edition, presentation copy to Christopher Sykes, with Sykes's annotations. Inscribed and signed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Christopher from Cyril." Sykes shared this book with Robert Byron, after adding numerous manuscript comments to Connolly's text. For example, on page 178, Connolly opines, "Most readers live in London, they are run-down, querulous, constipated, soot-ridden, stained with asphalt and nicotine, and, as a result of sitting all day in a chair on a box and eating too fast, slightly mad and sufferers from indigestion;" to which Sykes has written, "I diagree as strongly as possible." This is a wonderful association between the three authors, especially as this work by Connolly is unified by the theme of writing for posterity.

Octavo. Original cloth (minor rubbing); dust jacket (spine panel tanned, light wear and old tape reinforcement to head of spine panel). Provenance: Christopher Sykes, author, 1907-1986 (presentation inscription, annotations) – Robert Byron, author, 1905-1941 (bookplate).

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