Browning to endpapers; jacket tanned at spine with some fraying to spine ends and fore-corners.
Gerhardi (William) Jazz and Jasper.
The Story of Adams and Eva
London, Duckworth, .
First edition. 8vo. Original purple cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 7/6.
A rather wonderful oddity, both in terms of the jacket artwork and the contents. Bleiler in his Science-fiction, the early years found it particularly worthy of attention, calling it a ‘glib and frothy account of doings among the British upper crust’, before outlining the strange plot that involves a disintegrating universe and part of the Italian Tyrol being blasted off into space to form a new Eden. He finishes noting, ‘The scientific nonsense might cause a reader to wonder whether the book is an elaborate exercise in irony and paradox, but author’s purpose seems to be societal. In any case, the book is almost unreadable. One marvels that it has been perpetually reprinted.’ One to step back and admire more then, perhaps.