The English Eccentrics
1933; Edith Sitwell's celebration of eccentricity
First edition, first printing. Hardback bound in the original green cloth with gilt titling to spine. Untrimmed edges. 22.5 × 14.5cm, 332pp.
Eccentricity exists particularly in the English, states Dame Edith Sitwell, because of “that peculiar and satisfactory knowledge of infallibility that is the hallmark and the birthright of the British nation.” In The English Eccentrics we find hermits, quacks, mariners, indefatigable travelers, and men of learning. We meet the amphibious Lord Rokeby, whose beard reached his knees and who seldom left his bath; the irascible Captain Thicknesses, who left his right hand, to be cut off after his death, to his son Lord Audley; and Curricle Coats, the Gifted Amateur, whose suit was sewn with diamonds and whose every performance ended in uproar. This is a glorious gallery of the extremes of human nature, portrayed with humour, sympathy, knowledge, and love.
A good copy. The cloth is slightly rubbed and dulled, and there is light foxing to the pages edges but the book remains perfectly readable.