Confessions of a Young Man (Signed copy)
With George Moore's signature; third edition with frontispiece by William Strang
Third edition, hardback bound in the original green cloth with printed design of Victorian lady to upper board and printed titling to spine. 19.5 × 12.5cm, × + 387pp. Frontispiece portrait by William Strang.
George Moore's signature has been laid in to the half-title page.
The Confessions of a Young Man (first published in French in 1886 and English in 1888) is a memoir by Irish novelist George Moore who spent about 15 years in his teens and 20s in Paris and later London as a struggling artist. The book is notable as being one of the first English writings which named important emerging French Impressionists; for its literary criticism; and depictions of bohemian life in Paris during the 1870s and 1880s. Although it is presented as a novel, it is heavily autobiographical, with the hero Dayne being Moore.
A rare early English edition, and in good condition. The green cloth is lightly marked and rubbed, the pages have sporadic and light foxing. The inner binding is holding but a little dry and pulled in places. Hinges secure. The frontispiece portrait has some offsetting to the tissue guard.