Private View [with wraparound band]
London: James Barrie, 1954. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression of these four character sketches "in that style of managed autobiography which Jocelyn Brooke has made so peculiarly his own" (from front flap). Crown 8vo (189 x 120mm): vii,,178pp. Publisher's maroon cloth, spine lettered in gold; lime green illustrated dust jacket printed in maroon and priced 10s / 6d, with the "Recommended by the Book Society" paper wraparound band. A superlative example, tightly bound and clean throughout; bright jacket moderately toned to spine panel. Fine / Near Fine+. Item #BB2501
"Alison Vyse" and "Miss Wimpole" first appeared in The London magazine. The first line of the the first sketch, "Alison Vyse," sets the tone: "At the age of six I was, like most normally constituted children, a polymorphous pervert." It and "Miss Wimpole" draw upon childhood memories; the others ("Gerald Brockhurst" and "Kurt Schlegel"), from undergraduate and wartime experiences, respectively. Kingsley Amis, in his review, praised the third sketch in particular as "a brilliant performance, one of the best I can remember on the theme of getting to know a person." (The Spectator, January, 1955). 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.).