A Question of Upbringing
The first volume in Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time
First edition, fourth printing, hardback in dustwrapper. 19 × 12.5cm, 230pp.
The first volume in Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time. It introduces us to the young Nicholas Jenkins and his housemates at boarding school in the years just after World War I. Boyhood pranks and visits from relatives bring to life the amusements and longueurs of schooldays even as they reveal characters and traits that will follow Jenkins and his friends through adolescence and beyond: Peter Templer, a rich, passionate womaniser; Charles Stringham, aristocratic and louche; and Kenneth Widmerpool, awkward and unhappy, yet strikingly ambitious. By the end of the novel, Jenkins has finished university and is setting out on a life in London; old ties are fraying, new ones are forming, and the first steps of the dance are well underway.
A very good copy. The dustwrapper is a little tanned to the spine and has minor rubbing and loss to the spine ends and corners. It has not been price-clipped but has a price-sticker over the printed price. The wrapper is now within a protective sleeve. The book has minor tanning and a neat previous owner's signature to the ffep but is otherwise in very good shape.