HUXLEY, Aldous. Point Counter Point. London: Chatto & Windus, 1928.
8vo., green cloth lettered in gilt to spine; upper edge gilt, else untrimmed; pp. [viii], 601, [iii]; spine sunned, a few spots to edges and offsetting to endpapers; a very good copy overall. Provenance: Book-plate of D.G. Bridson to front paste-down.
Limited edition, one of just 256 copies signed by Huxley. This is number 65. Huxley's longest novel, a satirical view of intellectual life in the 1920s. The book is populated with characters based on such figures as D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Nancy Cunard, John Middleton Murry, and even Huxley himself.
"Point Counter Point was published in October 1928 and became a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic ... Since then a great deal of printer’s ink has flowed. Aldous’s ambitious novel has been weathering eclipses as well as heights of fashion. It has been acclaimed as a great novel, debunked, disserted upon, fitted to many a Procrustean bed; it has been regarded as a work of stark realism, cynical despair, universal range, excessive intellectualism, eroticism, defeatism, a rogue’s gallery of satanic creations, and a major portrait of English society of the time’ (Bedford, p. 200).