London: Chatto & Windus, 1951. First Printing. Hardcover. First UK edition of Goyen's critically acclaimed debut novel, touching on themes of family, sexuality, time, place, and memory. Crown 8vo (183 x 120mm): 223,pp. Publisher's burgundy cloth, beautifully illustrated dust jacket by Biro, priced 10s / 6d. A handsome example, about Fine (spine lettering dulled), seemingly unread, square, tight, and clean throughout, all but pristine; about Fine jacket (brief wear to head of spine panel). Fine- / Fine-. Item #BB2194
Goyen began writing the book while serving aboard an American aircraft carrier in the South Pacific during the Second World War. After the war, he published several short stories, and was awarded the Southwest Review Literary Fellowship, which allowed him to complete The House of Breath. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).