ISHERWOOD, Christopher (1904-1986). All the Conspirators. London: Jonathan Cape, 1928.
8o. Original cloth; pictorial dust jacket (some splitting along folds, light wear to ends of spine panel). Provenance: GRAHAM GREENE (1904-1991), writer (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION, A VERY FINE LITERARY ASSOCIATION COPY OF ISHERWOOD'S FIRST BOOK, INSCRIBED TO GRAHAM GREENE on the front free endpaper: "For Graham, from his admiring cousin Christopher April 1961."
[With]: One postcard 8o, 2 pages and one letter 8o, one page, on Pembroke Gardens stationary by Isherwood to Graham Greene.
The letter, dated 2 July [circa 1929], presumably written shortly after the publication of Greene's first book, The Man Within, from a trip in Germany reads: "Dear Graham, This is just a line to tell you that I haven't had your book! I have been very busy and now I am travelling about and there is no time to get a good sit-down read. I don't feel I should do The Man Within justice in a third class German railway carriage, so shall reserve it as a treat for when I get back, in three weeks' time. Why I really write all this is to congratulate you on your magnificent notices. I haven't seen a single bad one. I'm awfully glad it's going so well. Your admiring cousin, Christopher Isherwood."
The postcard written from Amsterdam on 27 May 1935 reads: "Dear Graham, It was very kind of you to mention me to Methuen's. I have written to them, explaining that they must talk to Curtis Brown. I've had several offers as a matter of fact, but am still semi-attached. I wish I occasionally saw you. I meant to write, ages ago, about It's a Battlefield, which I admired enormously--but am very bad at letters of that sort. I envy your skill at getting about the globe. Did you like Liberia? And where are you going next? If you should, by any chance, be coming over here, do look me up. Christopher Isherwood."
Christopher William Bradshaw-Isherwood was born into an aristocratic English family with vast land holdings and resources. He won a scholarship to Cambridge, but left to London, before achieving his degree. Shortly after arriving in London, Isherwood published his first novel All the Conspirators. From 1930-1933 Isherwood lived in Berlin and subsequently wrote his most esteemed book, Berlin Stories. (3)