18 November 2014
BUCKLAND WRIGHT, John (1897-1954) -- DANSDORF, Chrysilla von [pseudonym of Christopher SANDFORD]. Heart's Desire. Paris: for private circulation only [London: printed by the Tintern Press, for the text, and A. Alexander & Sons, for the plates, 1939].
Quarto (261 x 194mm). Title and first 2 lines of text printed in purple. Engraved title-vignette and 7 engraved plates by and after John Buckland Wright. Contemporary vellum-backed sky blue buckram, spine lettered in gilt; blue cloth slipcase (negligible spotting on the endpapers, cloth edges lightly darkened, slipcase a little faded on one edge).
FIRST EDITION. ONE OF ONLY 70 COPIES. Although purporting, in the well-established manner, to derive from a manuscript accidentally included in a multiple-lot of books purchased in a Parisian auction, the text is in fact the work of Buckland Wright's close friend and collaborator Christopher Sandford. Reid A30.
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