Harold Acton - The Betrayal - Privately Printed, c1920s, First Edition.


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London, Privately Printed, c1920s. First Edition. First Impression. Hardback. A very good copy. An apparently privately-printed Harold Acton book. No copies located in catalogues or commerce. Indeed I can find nothing on the book at all. The book collects together twelve short stories, none of which I can find reprinted elsewhere. The title page notes the author as having previously written 'Temple Sahib', 'Lady Melvilles Bat' and 'Ashes of Fate', of which I find no reference relating these to Acton. The printer is noted as Campbell, Latta & Co. of Manchester. The quality of printing isn't too great with a number of leaves skewed and lower lines having been corrected by type. One has to assume it's the well known Harold Acton (of encouraging-Waugh-to-take-a-long-swim fame), the varied geography and language seem to back this up (stories are set in the Chinese quarter of SF, London, New York, Australia - though there are no stories set in Florence). The boards are in good shape, some wear and chipping to the corners. Spine tips bumped. Binding failing a little to the rear, final few leaves held by the string. [7884, Hyraxia Books].


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