1923, 1st Edition. () Very good. 119pp. 12mo with orange cloth boards and black lettering on front and spine. Colour patterned endpapers. Previous owner's writing on front flyleaf. Corners bumped. Spine has mild sun fading and wear to top edge. A series of essays penned by Forster during his travels in Alexandria.
Signed by Author Forster, E.M. PHAROS AND PHARILLON. Signed By E. M. Forster. London: The Hogarth Press, 1923. First Edition Signed by E. M. Forster on the title-page. 8vo. 80 pp. 1/4 navy blue cloth, white paper boards shot through with a royal blue horizontal design. A very good copy with some rubbing, surface abrasons & some light foxing. Includes the first appearance of Greek poet C.P. Cavafy in English. In a 1923 letter to Cavafy Forster writes: "My dear Cavafy, You are a bad poet. I have written to you and sent you two copies of the book (Pharos And Pharillon), and a message via Valassopoulo. Do I get a word in reply? Not one word. You really must answer this. For things are rather exciting. The book has had a great success for a book of its type, 900 copies have been sold in six weeks, we are rushing out a second edition; long reviews in the Nation, the New Statesman, the Daily telegraph, etc." Selected Letters Of E. M. Forster. Volume Two. Edited by Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank. Kirkpatrick A9a. Woolmer 29. -900 cc. Uncommon signed.
Signed by Author Forster, E.M. PHAROS AND PHARILLON. Presentation Copy. London: The Hogarth Press, 1923. Second Edition printed one month after the first edition. Powder-blue paper wrappers, printed in black. Small 8vo. 98 pp. + 2 pp. of publisher's adverts. Inscribed on the front free endpaper by E. M. Forster: "G.B. from E.M.F. 8-4-24. This copy presented to Gerald Brenan. Forster met Brenan at Tidmarsh in 1922 the home of Lytton Strachey and in a letter described him as, 'a nice young man named Brenan'. In correspondence with Brenan in 1923, Forster, pleased that Brenan had received the copy of Alexandria he had forwarded wrote: "I am so glad that the Guidebook fetched you". Although Forster hinted at an invitation to Brenan's Yegen home, Brenan preferred inviting writers whose works he liked. He "could not bear EMF's novels which he thought, 'whoolly and sentimental, though, like his conversation, with sharp passages in them'. Selected Letters Of E. M. Forster. Volume Two. Edited by Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank. A very good example of a fine association copy. Kirkpatrick A9b. Woolmer 29.
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