London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1930. Item #02108
The Limited Edition
Scarce in Original Dust Jacket & Slipcase
MOORE, George. Aphrodite In Aulis. London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1930.
First edition, one of 900 numbered copies for America signed by the author (of a total edition of 1825), this being copy number 553. Tall octavo (10 1/4 x 6 1/8 in; 259 x 158 mm). vi, 340, [1, printer's slug], [1, blank] pp, printed by the Riverside Press, Edinburgh from hand-set type on English hand-made paper.
Publisher's full vellum, gilt lettered, with gilt vignette to upper cover. Top edge smooth, others untrimmed. Partially unopened. Publisher's clear mylar dust jacket with paper flaps, patent number "Pat. 330781/1929" to lower corner of rear flap. Housed in publisher's ivory grained papered slipcase. Save for mild dusting to covers, a fine copy in a very good slipcase.
Moore's last novel, Aphrodite In Aulis "affords another illustration of his familiar qualities. It shows us his 'naive innocence,' or childlike visual appreciation of the sensuous, a point of -view one chief implication of which is that an adult scale of values in experience is generally ignored. But this ignoring of conventional value 'morality is a myth' and 'the artist can only teach by giving the world images of beauty.' Characteristically, among the 'images of beauty' not infrequently appear those of that delicately improper kind which delight fin de siecle esthetes. Likeearlier romantics Mr. Moore uses classic Greece as pasturage for an Arcadian imagination, and in an age dominated by a naturalism which he helped to introduce, he reverts to an artfully naive, a consciously primitive, romanticism" (Alan Reynolds Thompson, The Bookman for June 1931).
"Seldom has an author achieved in prose the exquisite graces and nuances of tone-coloring we find in Moore, particularly in the nature passages, for nature dominates this Homeric rhapsody like an unruly organ tone refusing to be resolved" (The Saturday Review, June 6, 1931).