ONE OF ONLY 60 COPIES.
DE LA MARE, Walter (author). Rex WHISTLER (illustrator). The Lord Fish. London; Faber & Faber. .
8vo. Original lilac vellum over limp boards, "cased" at the fore-edge, as issued, top edges gilded on the rough, others uncut, original decorated endpapers, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper with original cellophane wrap-round and slipcase; pp. [viii], 7-289 + [ii], printed on fine English hand-made paper; with lithographed decorative title-page in yellow and black, 4 further lithographed illustrations with yellow ground, and 7 engraved, and pictorial, chapter-headings; externally very nearly fine with only one small grey mark to upper joint, internally crisp, and virtually immaculate, bar one short and insignificant lower corner excision (probably a production flaw), without inscription; protected by a fine example of the dustwrapper and scarce cellophane band, which is unavoidably yellowed and very slightly chipped; housed in the original card slipcase which is dusted and rubbed; scarce by virtue of the tiny limitation alone.
First edition de luxe of this collection of seven short stories, limited to only 60 numbered copies which are signed by the author. Four of the tales, previously published in Joy Street, are here revisited and revised.