Title A Modern Comedy - With ALS
Book Condition Near Fine
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Edition First Edition Limited/Numbered
Publisher London William Heineman 1929
Inscription Signed by Author
Seller ID 004346
A Modern Comedy is part of The Forsyte Saga (1886-1926) in which Galsworthy pictures the life of a large, middle-class family against a carefully detailed background of English life. It is a true classic and has stood the test of time. Apart from its important literary value, this novel (which is solid and very readable) is important as a social document of the various currents of British life in the 1920's. The volume is composed of three long sections - The White Monkey, The Silver Spoon, and Swan Song. These were originally published as separate novels. This remarkable copy, which was published by William Heineman LTD was limited to 1030 copies of which this is #221. The book is bound in vellum and there is some slight wear and aging to the vellum boards but the vellum is still beautiful. There is a bookplate present which was kindly placed on the inside of the back cover so as to be non-obtrusive. The top-edge is fully gilt and the gilt is in great shape. The volume is signed on the limitation page by John Galsworthy with a short inscription. Apparently the original owner of this book could not quite read what Galsworthy had written in the inscription and must have written to him to ask him what it said. The note that Galsworthy wrote in answer is written and signed by Mr. Galsworthy on his stationary from "Bury House" in Sussex. The book contains the geneological fold-out chart that is so important to The Forsyte Saga. The book is printed on very thin Bible type paper and there are 1088 pages. A satin ribbon bookmark is bound-in. Although showing a bit of wear this book is nevertheless in Very Good plus condition and there is no foxing to the textblock. The pages are very clean. A signed Galsworthy limited, numbered book as well as a hand-written note by the author makes this a rare and important offering. We are pleased to send pictures on request.