Doctor Partridge's Almanack for 1935 (Signed copy)
Signed by Gerald Brenan to Augustus John
Full title: Doctor Partridge's Almanack for 1935, with an Account of his Resurrection from the Grave after lying dead in it for 2 Centuries by G. Robinson, Also a Brief Exposition of his Religious & Astrological Teaching by Professor Blish. Collected and Set Forth by George Beaton.
First edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. Book bound in the original black cloth with gilt tiling to spine. 23.5 × 15cm. xii + 65pp.
This copy has been signed by Gerald Brenan to Welsh artist Augustus John to the ffep, with the addition of George Beaton in pencil under Brenan's name (probably in a different hand). Brenan and John were good friends, and John visited Brenan in his Spanish village home at Yegen.
Gerald Brenan's second book (writing as George Beaton). This is a fantasy novelof sorts, andis described on the dustwrapper: "Dr Partridge was the astrologer whose death, it will be remembered, was predicted by Swift. When the time came, Swift published a description of the event. It was in vain that the poor astrologer protested that not only was he still alive but that he had also been alive upon the day in question—no-one believed him. He died in obscurity nineteen years later. In this book Mr Beaton brings Dr Partridge back to life with a philosophy and a message and a prophetic faculty acquired among the dead. It is a fantasy of a curious kind—moving about the figure of the sinister doctor, who advocates with alarmingly plausible arguments the religion and policy he has brought up from the grave. At the end come the prophecies, which are likely to be more exactly fulfilled than most people now imagine."
The book itself is in good plus condition, it has a small split to the head of the spine and some minor bumping to the corners. There is also a little hint of forward lean to the spine. There is some very light foxing to the endpapers but the main body of text is in good clean condition and the binding is secure. The dustwrapper is rather worn, with loss to all corners and and the head and tail of the spine with a tanned spine and signs of overall wear. However, it has not been price-clipped (5s.) and is now within a protective sleeve.