The Strange Case of Thomas Walker (Signed copy)
Signed by the author, Frida Knight, Communist and activist
First edition. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, 184pp.
Signed by Frida Knight to the half-title page.
"Towards the end of the eighteenth century, Thomas Walker, a Manchester merchant of considerable substance, close friend of the inventors James Watt and Matthew Boulton, was subjected to intense persecution for his outspoken and relentless condemnation of the social and political evils of his time. His enemies resorted to the use of all the weapons in the armoury of victimisation, including the smear, boycott, and trial for alleged treason. Although broken financially and in health by these attacks he remained steadfast in spirit and on his death in 1817 it was written of him 'He was a steady and consistent friend of both civil and religious freedom... Convinced that the natural tendency of liberty is to elevate the character and increase the happiness of man, he ardently wished to see its blessings extended all over the World'."
Frida Knight (1910–1996) was an English communist activist and author. She joined the Left Book Club, the Communist Party and drove an ambulance in the Spanish Civil War. She was in France in 1940 and was arrested after the German invasion. She escaped with author Rosemary Say in 1942 to work with the Free French in London.
The book itself is in good plus condition, with a little dusting and marking to the pages' top edge. The dustwrapper is rather tatty to the edges but has not been price-clipped.