"MR. KORAH REALIZED THAT HE WAS ABOUT TO GO, KERSPLOSH, INTO THE SEA": PRIVATELY PUBLISHED FIRST EDITION OF MR. KORAH AND THE MONSTER, WITH SIX LOVELY MOUNTED PLATES BY REX WHISTLER
WHISTLER, Rex and ABERCONWAY, Christabel. Mr. Korah and the Monster. (London): [Privately published, 1954]. Slim quarto, staple-bound as issued, original teal paper wrappers; pp. 6. $175.
First edition of the sequel to The Story of Mr. Korah, with six mounted plates after illustrations by Rex Whistler.
Written as the sequel to The Story of Mr. Korah, this children's book continues the adventures of Mr. Korah as he is propelled into the sea by a stray cannonball and swallowed by a sea-monster. The story is by Christabel Lady Aberconway, a close friend and longtime correspondent of Somerset Maugham. Lady Aberconway was popular among the literati of her time, even earning the unrequited affections of Virginia Woolf. The illustrations are by Rex Whistler, a talented young British artist and illustrator whose career was cut short when he was killed by a mortar bomb during the Normandy invasion.