Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1933. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's teal cloth, spine stamped in green, original illustrated dust jacket.
Poet, biographer and celebrated eccentric Sitwell's gallery of historical English outliers: "Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd." Illustrated with 16 black-and-white plates of etchings and drawings; dust jacket and half-title (printed on blue paper) illustrated by Russian surrealist Pavel Tchelitchew. Published the same year as the UK first edition. Large gift inscription in black ink to front free endpaper. Sunning to spine-ends, scarce unclipped dust jacket with moderate chipping to spine-ends, flap folds and along upper edge. Good. Item #47