The Apes of God
Third impression, with decorations by the author
First edition, third printing. Hardback with printed titling to spine and upper board. 22 × 14cm, 625pp.
This copy comes form the library of Douglas Slater, co-founder of Stonewall, and has been signed by him to the front pastedown.
Wyndham Lewis's satire of London's contemporary literary and artistic scene. The novel is set in 1926, leading up to the General Strike in May. It has an episodic structure, following a young simpleton called Dan Boleyn from one encounter with the literati to another. Dan follows the directions of an infatuated sixty-year-old albino, Horace Zagreus, who believes him to be a genius.
A fair copy but perfectly readable. The cloth binding is frayed and rubbed with spotted foxing to the spine, the contents are in better condition but with a little loosening to the binding is places (though no pages are detached).