Bright and clean red cloth binding with gilt title on the spine. 453pp. 1st. Edition.Without dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Hubert's Arthur. Being Certain Curious ...
Publisher: Cassell and Company
Publication Date: 1935
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Cassell and Company, 1935. First Edition. 453pp., red cloth, stamped in gilt. Nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 13892
Book Description Cassell, 1935. FIRST EDITION, the odd small cluster of light foxspots at head of initial and ultimate pages, pp. [iv], 453, 8vo, original scarlet cloth, top edge lightly dustsoiled with a tiny amount of paint transfer to tail edge of lower board, backstrip lettered in scarlet against a gilt ground, top edge red, a few very faint spots to fore-edge, top corner of front pastedown turned-in with free endpapers a little browned, dustjacket sunned to borders and backstrip panel with light soiling overall and faint foxing to flaps, good. Of the 1515 copies from the first edition, 829 were remaindered - making this one of 686 copies (Woolf B16). Bookseller Inventory # 52989
Book Description London: Cassell and Company, Ltd. 1935, 1935. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles blocked in gilt to spine, top edge red. With the dust jacket. Australian bookseller's ticket. Slight discolouration along edges of boards, extremely faint partial tanning to endpapers and mild spotting to edges; still an excellent copy in the spine-tanned jacket with a few mild spots, very slightly ruffled edges and a small chip to tail of spine panel. First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies in the first state binding (with gilt titles) from a total edition of 1,515, of Baron Corvo's only venture into English history. Frederick Rolfe (styled "Baron Corvo", 1860-1913) and his friend C. H. C. Pirie-Gordon's work of "what-might-have-been" medieval history, was "translated" from an obviously fictional medieval manuscript purportedly found in the Tower of London. The text was never published in Rolfe's lifetime, but the manuscript was recovered and brought to publication by A. J. A. Symons, author of The Quest for Corvo (1934), the book which first brought the life and works of this strange man to the attention of the reading public. In his introduction Symons describes Rolfe as "the author of some of the strangest stories of modern times. He was a complex-ridden Catholic who, after a life of penury and struggle, died miserably in Venice in 1913 at the age of fifty-three. Two main tendencies are exhibited in his work: a subjective capacity to project himself into fictional autobiography as a form of dream-compensation for his unhappy life, and an objective dramatization of past history." C. H. Pirie-Gordon co-drafted the text (as the "Caliban" to Rolfe's "Prospero") at his house in Wales in 1906, though it was altered and finished by Rolfe in 1911 when living in self-imposed exile in Venice. Symons's introduction quotes Pirie-Gordon's synopsis of the plot as initially conceived: "Arthur, Duke of Brittany, instead of being murdered by King John, escapes with the assistance of Hubert de Burgh and takes refuge among the crusaders in what was then left of the Holy Land. In spite of every obstacle he marries Yolande, the heiress of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. and becomes King of Jerusalem in her right. He recovers Jerusalem by a coup de main from the Saracens. His best friends is his bastard cousin Fulk, King Richard's son by Jehane de St. Pol. After many adventures Arthur returns to resume his Duchy of Brittany, and joins with the King of France against John, doing homage for Normandy, Aquitaine and Poitou as nearest heir of King Richard. There is a civil war in England on John's death - the Barons are divided into three camps: some favour Henry, some of John, some Louis, son of the King of France, some, under the influence of Hubert de Burgh, now Earl of Kent and Justiciar of England, favour Arthur. The dispute between the two English claimants is settled by a trial by combat in which Arthur and Henry (who is made a bit older than he really was at the time to make a better match of it) fight for the crown. Arthur wins, is acclaimed King of England as well as of Jerusalem, and forthwith drives the French claimant out of the country, but is killed in so doing." Symons locates the book's interest in the many subjective elements of the story, such as "the observations regarding the difficulties of puberty. and the sadistic description of the slaughter of the abbot", giving "hints towards a further knowledge of Fr. Rolfe's warped and complex nature.". Bookseller Inventory # 85410