On Strange Altars; A Book of Enthusiasms. Paul Jordan-Smith.

On Strange Altars; A Book of Enthusiasms.

New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1924. First edition. 8vo, 293pp; green cloth stamped in gilt. A tiny tear to the cloth at the top of the spine from being roughly removed from a shelf at one time, otherwise in a lightly toned dust jacket with moderate wear to the extremities and some small chips, the largest being the size of a fingernail at the top of the spine. Item #205623

Eighteen literary essays, including an early U.S. review in praise of Joyce's Ulysses, by the author of the 1927 A Key to the Ulysses of James Joyce, one of the first book length studies of the novel. The intact dust jacket has the price of $2.00. A bit of bibliographic rabbit-holery: the title page is a cancel; facing the title page, the list of books "By the Same Author" comprises his previous book, the novel Cables of Cobweb, and notes the title of his second novel, Nomad as "(in preparation)." When that novel appeared in 1925, however, it was under the imprint of Minton, Balch rather than the Boni brothers.

Price: $145.00

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