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The Well of loneliness, 1928


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Paris, The Pegasus Press, 1928. In 8th. Eye, slight bluing on the first two cards, small halo on the outer margin, tear restored on page. 395 without loss, editorial binding in blue fabric with author, title and publisher embossed in gold on the spine, very slight signs of wear on the headphones. Stamp dated January 3, 1928 on the rear counterplate.

Specialist Notes

First Parisian edition in third issue. Milestone novel, considered the first to tackle an overtly lesbian story, The Well of Loneliness is the most famous work of British writer Marguerite Radclyffe Hall. First published in 1928 in London by Jonathan Cape, it underwent censorship following a pressing demonization campaign led by James Douglas, editor of the Sunday Express. Cape therefore decided to evade the censorship by transferring the rights to the Parisian publishing house Pegasus Press and at the same time organizing the shipment to London, to the bookseller Leopold Hill, of the books printed in France. The ploy did not escape the Ministry of the Interior, which issued a warrant to seize the shipments of the third Parisian issue, which includes the specimen offered at auction.

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