"The Next Volume" 1939 JAMES, Edward (INSCRIBED)

JAMES, Edward

[89] pp.

The James Press


This edition is limited to 412 copies this copy is number 411

11 1/4" x 7 3/4"

Inscribed for Meno and Marguerite from Edward with all his love

w/ decorations by Rex Whistler

A first edition of Edward James' privately-published collection of poems. The Next Volume is beautifully illustrated by Rex Whistler. Edith Olivier writes in her diary in 1932 - "Rex is making drawings for some poems by a Mr James - the best drawings I have seen of his in some ways. Such a sure touch. An amusing one of New York - skyscrapers towering over a park in which the trees look like cabbages. It has great beauty.".  James halted the binding of the first edition because "of how awful that first poem [At the Grave of Shelley] was", meaning that there are likely far fewer than the stated 525 copies. A statement on the colophon notes that he also delayed the publication of the book until January 1933 'owing to the serious illness of the author's wife [Tilly Losch]'.

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