Title: GOODBYE MR. CHIPS (First Edition Presented ...
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, London
Publication Date: 1934
Illustrator: Bip Pares
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Inscribed By Author
Edition: First Edition.
Hilton, James. GOODBYE MR. CHIPS. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1934. First Edition. A Near Fine copy in a Very Good edge-worn dust jacket still sporting the original publisher's wraparound band. PRESENTATION COPY FROM JAMES HILTON TO ETHEL "BIP" PARES (1904-1977), FAMED ILLUSTRATOR OF GOODBYE MR CHIPS and one of the leading British Art Deco dust jacket designers of the 1930s: "To Bip Pares, who saw her Chips as I did -- With all good wishes from James Hilton, October 1934." [With:] A framed and glazed ORIGINAL PEN & INK ILLUSTRATION ON ART BOARD for GOODBYE MR. CHIPS, a discarded variant of the first (of four) illustrations in the novel -- this one featuring Chips meeting his wife while climbing the Lake District's Great Gable (image size measures 4 ½" by 3 ½"). Along with the book and the illustration is an archive of other materials including an Autograph Letter, Signed, in which Bip Pares gives the history of her involvement with the novel; this includes the surprising revelation that after she illustrated the initial periodical appearance of GOODBYE MR. CHIPS -- it was she who suggested to Osgood & McIlvaine that GOODBYE MR. CHIPS deserved book publication and she agreed (for five guineas) to provide virtually every design element of the first edition's physical appearance. Further, the archive contains newspaper clippings retained by the illustrator pertaining to the novel's success as well as a later newspaper account of James Hilton's death in 1954. Finally, added to this collection, is a fine first edition copy in fine dust jacket (signed) of the sequel TO YOU, MR CHIPS (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1938) with another round of beautiful illustrations by Bip Pares. The 1939 film adaptation starring Robert Donat and Greer Garson was nominated for ten Oscars (winning three) and remains one of the best loved and most enduring British films of all time. Housed in a custom slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 001955
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