DOUGLAS, Norman. Autograph manuscript draft of his book Together, published 1923. N.p., n.d. [ca 1922]. 121 pages on 80 leaves, 4to, written on the right half of each page, with additions and corrections added in the left margin, on lined paper or on versos of carbon typescripts (some also bearing autograph annotations and corrections), decorated paper boards. Inscribed on front free endpaper: "Together MS. This MS is for his friend Mr. R-- (who I hope has learnt a little more English in the last two years) to be sold by him on a rainy day from Norman Douglas." [ With:] Autograph notebook, containing the index to Together, most entries clipped and laid down on lined paper, 29 pp., accompanied by a 17pp. typescript of the index. Laid-in: photographic plate containing two images used in the book. Together in a quarter morocco slipcase.
DOUGLAS'S MANUSCRIPT OF HIS ALPINE TRAVEL NARRATIVE 'TOGETHER,' with Douglas's heavily annotated text for the majority of the book's chapters. Together recounts Douglas's extended journeys in the Swiss Alps and the Tyrol, over a two-year period. Of the book's fourteen chapters, only parts of chapters 9 and 10 are present, and chapter 11 is wholly lacking. A comparison to the printed text reveals the density of Douglas's process of revision, with numerous sections expanded and changed in sometimes subtle and sometimes critical ways. The ending, for instance, is heavily revised and reworked in the published version and many of the chapters were further developed by Douglas in later stages, perhaps in proof. "Mr. R," a French youth named Rene to whom Douglas gave the manuscript, in an important feature of the narrative; he evidently served as Douglas's valet/guide, and is frequently gently mocked: "I have endeavoured to instil a little knowledge of English into the head of Mr. R. who, for all his faults, is a companionable young fellow with certain brigand-strains in his ancestry that go well with those in mine..." (p.14).
DOUGLAS, Norman. Together. London: Chapman & Hall, 1923.8o. Original red cloth; printed dust jacket, top edge gilt (some very light edgewear); quarter morocco slipcase. FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE, number 114 of 275 large-paper copies signed by Douglas. (2)