New York: George H. Doran, 1925. Limited First edition. Hardcover. 1/250. Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 1/2"). 400pp. Uncut. Original 3/4 parchment over olive paper covered boards, with gold lettered leather title label to spine. Limitation page numbered and signed by the author. Title page in red and black lettering, with publisher's device. Top edge gilt.
Signed limited first edition of "Those Barren Leaves," a satirical novel by Aldous Huxley, published in 1925. The title is derived from the poem "The Tables Turned" by William Wordsworth which ends with the words:
Enough of Science and of Art;
Close up those barren leaves;
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives.
"Stripping the pretensions of those who claim a spot among the cultural elite, it is the story of Mrs. Aldwinkle and her entourage, who are gathered in an Italian palace to relive the glories of the Renaissance. For all their supposed sophistication, they are nothing but sad and superficial individuals in the final analysis." (From Wikipedia).
One of 250 signed numbered copies on large paper, of which this is No. 98.
Spine age-toned. Binding in overall good to good+, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #44975