Item #409694 The Private Papers of a Bankrupt Bookseller. William Young DARLING.
The Private Papers of a Bankrupt Bookseller
The Private Papers of a Bankrupt Bookseller

The Private Papers of a Bankrupt Bookseller

London and Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1931. From the Bart Auerbach Collection. 8vo. 306 pages. Original green cloth, printed label on spine (an extra label tipped in at end). Spine with light wear at ends and a few scuffs, else fine. Item #409694

First edition of Sir William Young Darling's anonymous whimsy, a first person, tragic tale of a failed bookseller who, according to the preface, "had been hit on the head in the War." The bookseller, after a courageous struggle to succeed, was found after he gassed himself in an oven. With bookplates of Cleveland collector Paul Lemperly, one signed by the author that reads "This volume, for insertion in which the author has been pleased to write his name [signed "Wm. Y. Darling"] is the property of Paul Lemperly." With a penciled note by Lemperly on p. 89 identifying the edition of one of the poems quoted in the text, and with tipped in news clipping revealing the author to be "W. Y. Darling."

The author was a veteran of the First World War, Scottish Member of Parliament and the director of the Royal Bank of Scotland from 1942 to 1957. This was his first published novel, followed by a further four, also published anonymously, before he began using his own name. The second edition was published the following year; this first edition is scarce.

Price: $300.00