"THAT THE YOUNG MAN HAPPENS TO BE MYSELF IS ONLY OF SECONDARY IMPORTANCE": ISHERWOOD'S LIONS AND SHADOWS, 1938 FIRST EDITION
ISHERWOOD, Christopher. Lions and Shadows: An Education in the Twenties. London: Hogarth Press, 1938. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $1200.
First edition of Isherwood's semi-autobiographical novel about bohemian London in the 1920s, published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, in scarce original dust jacket designed by Robert Medley.
Lions and Shadows depicts "the first stages in a lifelong education—the education of a novelist. A young man living at a certain period in a certain European country, is subjected to a certain kind of environment, certain stimuli, certain influences. That the young man happens to be myself is only of secondary importance" (Preface). "His 'Annus Mirabilis' was 1935 with Mr. Norris Changes Trains and his autobiography, Lions and Shadows… The most gifted novelist since Greene and Waugh" (Connolly, The Modern Movement 86). First issue dust jacket, with lettering in black. Woolmer 431.
Book fine, scarce unrestored dust jacket with gently toned spine, near-fine.