WHISTLER, Rex (illustrator). Edward JAMES. The Next Volume. London: The James Press, 1932.
Imperial 8vo. Original brown cloth gilt, perhaps a publisher's or remainder binding, unusually and very prettily decorated with tiny stars in clusters to upper cover and much larger bolder stars to lower board, top edge gilt, uncut and unopened; pp. [vi], v-vii, [iii], 3-83, [viii]; with 28 illustrations by Whistler printed in brown, including a stunning full-page plate of New York looking from Central Park; a good copy, some scratches and small stains to covers, particlarly lower board; head and foot pushed, but internally clean and bright; a scarce book which Whistler claimed as his best production. Provenance: Bookplate of George de Fraine to front paste-down.
First edition. Limited to only 525 copies of which 25 were printed on hand-made paper. This copy unnumbered. Though the publication date is 1932, a note to the colophon states that publication of the book was witheld until January 1933 owing to the serious illness of the author's wife. Whistler proves and unusual, and interesting choice of illustrator for James, who was a fervant patron of the surrealist movement.
Scarce in this binding.