London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1911. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. First Printing of Forster's first collection of stories, designed by Roger Fry, one of only 1000 copies published, and the first of Bloomsbury's literary works to include Bloomsbury art. Crown 8vo (184 x 131mm) ,164,pp. Publisher's pale brown cloth, front cover richly blocked in gold overall ornamental design, spine lettered in gold, top edge gilded, pale grey illustrated end papers, text printed in dark grey. (No dust jacket seems to have been issued.) Very slight knocking to corners, else a superlative example, square, tight, and clean throughout. Kirkpatrick A5a. Fine. Item #BB2124
Six stories on themes of fantasy and the supernatural, previously published in literary periodicals: "The Story of a Panic," "The Other Side of the Hedge," "The Celestial Omnibus," "Other Kingdom," "The Curate's Friend," and "The Road from Colonus." A fascinating example of Fry's early experiments in book design: Fry designed the binding and end papers. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, 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.).