BYRON (ROBERT) The Station. Athos: Treasures and Men, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, Duckworth, 1928

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BYRON (ROBERT)
The Station. Athos: Treasures and Men, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, Duckworth, 1928

Sold for £ 1,750 (US$ 2,470) inc. premium
BOOKS AND LETTERS FROM THE LIBRARY OF ANTHONY POWELL
BYRON (ROBERT)
The Station. Athos: Treasures and Men, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "Tony, with bitter remorse for his sufferings, Robert June 7.28"' on front free endpaper, frontispiece and 32 plates, Powell's pencil annotation in margin of 3 pages, publisher's cloth, 8vo, Duckworth, 1928

Footnotes

  • The Station was inspired by Bryon's second journey to the Near East which culminated in a trip to Mount Athos. Anthony Powell had been at both Eton and Oxford with Byron, and, as he did with Evelyn Waugh, used his position at Duckworth (which he joined in 1926, and who published The Station) to promote the career of his friend. Byron was a notoriously exacting author in relation to his publishers, his inscription "Tony, with bitter remorse for his suffering" acknowledging Powell's efforts in seeing the book to print, as discussed by Powell in To Keep the Ball Rolling. The Memoirs... Infants of the Spring (1976, pp.110-111). The book "attracted a chorus of praise on publication in July 1928... D.H. Lawrence's review in Vogue began: 'Athos is an old place, and Mr. Byron is a young man. The combination for once is really happy'" (D.J. Taylor, Bright Young People, 2007, p.154).
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