HARTLEY,L.P. The Go-Between. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1953.
8vo. Near-contemporary custom full crushed morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe: dark brown and grey morocco on front board, dark brown morocco spine and back board, four curved green, red, and white morocco inlays negotiating the front board from bottom to top, tooled curved gilt line negotiating the back, gilt-lettered on front board and on the spine, all edges gilt, crushed blue morocco doublures with curved on laid and tooled lined, vellum free endpapers, in custom-made brown marbled slipcase; pp. 296, front panel of original dustwrapper bound in at rear; fine. Provenance: title page inscribed by the author "Inscribed for/ Mr. Saul Shapiro/ by/ L.P. Hartley/ March 1955". Bookplate of book collector Saul Shapiro to ffep.
A handsome and imaginative binding for Hartley's classic novel of lost innocence. The Go-Between was Hartley's best-known work, and tells the story of a young boy growing up in Victorian England. Hartley was inspired to write the book in Venice in May 1952, while working on a completely different project, which he immediately put aside. He wrote The Go-Between in a matter of months, revising his draft as soon as October and November.