29 June 2005
HILTON, James (1900-1954). Lost Horizon. London: Macmillan, 1933.
8o. Original green cloth (a little soiled and rubbed); pictorial dust jacket (closed tear on rear panel repaired on verso, a few minor chips); imaginative sculpted full morocco folding case. Provenance: H.B. Smith (presentation inscription from the author).
FIRST EDITION. RARE PRESENTATION COPY IN DUST JACKET, inscribed by Hilton on the title-page: "H.B. Smith Sincerely. James Hilton." Hilton's very scarce novel (his fifth) about a secret Tibetan monastery called "Shangri-La." Bleiler (1978), p. 100; Cawthorn and Moorcock Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 45.
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