LEWIS, Wyndham. Enemy of the Stars. London: The Westminster Press for Desmond Harmsworth, 1932. 4° (286 x 206mm). Title and two part-titles after Lewis. (Light marking on verso of second part-title.) Original cloth-backed boards [first variant], with design after Lewis, lettering in gilt running down spine (soiled, rubbed at extremities). Provenance: Constant Lambert (1905-1951, presentation inscription on flyleaf, 'To Constant Lambert , with best greetings from , Wyndham Lewis, June 25th 1932'). FIRST EDITION. Morrow and Lafourcade Lewis A17; Pound and Grover Lewis A17.
W. LEWIS. Enemy of the Stars. London: The Westminster Press for Desmond Harmsworth, 1932. 4° (286 x 206mm). Title and two part-titles after Lewis. Original cloth-backed boards [first variant], dustwrapper with design after Lewis and Janus Press device at bottom of the back flap after Lewis. FIRST EDITION. Morrow and Lafourcade Lewis A17; Pound and Grover Lewis A17.
FIRST EDITIONS, ONE AN INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY. Constant Lambert, composer and musical director of Vic-Wells (later Sadler and Royal) Ballet, seems to have been, according to Anthony Powell, 'one of the few from his age group whom Lewis was from time to time prepared to meet. Although within reason an admirer of Lewis's work (the writing more than the pictures) Lambert always treated the relationship as rather a joke, often telling stories to illustrate Lewis's perpetual nervous tension' (A. Motion The Lamberts (London: 1986) p.168). In 1932, the year of this book's inscription, Lambert sat for Lewis, who he regarded as 'one of our greatest draughtsmen' (loc. cit.), for a portrait which was included in Lewis's Thirty Personalities and a Self-Portrait (London: Desmond Harmondsworth, 1932). The first edition of Enemy of the Stars, rewritten for book publication from the original version published in Blast, No.1 (London: John Lane, 1914), was issued in three variant bindings and in two states: the bindings of these copies are the first variant, with the title in gold running down the spine, and they are a mixture of both the first and second states. (2)