1933 First Edition Bayntun-Riviere Binding - All Men Are Enemies: A Romance by Richard Aldington.
Author: Richard Aldington.
Title: All Men are Enemies, a Romance.
Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus, 1933. First edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7.5 " X 5 ".
Pages: 495 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good, near fine binding, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full green morocco leather (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. All edges gilt.
Content: Good to very good content (bright, tight, some foxing throughout - as shown).
The book: Rare, attractive and nicely bound by Bayntun-Riviere First edition of Richard Aldington's novel, All Men are Enemies. In the New York Time in 1933, it was stated: "MR. ALDINGTON calls his latest novel "a romance" and certainly it celebrates a love story of more than usual ardor and fulfillment. But his subtitle is expressive for another and more significant reason, since the book, through its hero, Tony Clarendon, is permeated by a romantic philosophy of life." Basis for the film All Men Are Enemies, a 1934 American pre-Code drama film directed by George Fitzmaurice starring Helen Twelvetrees, Mona Barrie, Hugh Williams, Herbert Mundin, Henry Stephenson and Walter Byron.
The author: Richard Aldington (8 July 1892 – 27 July 1962), born Edward Godfree Aldington, was an English writer and poet, and an early associate of the Imagist movement. He was married to the poet Hilda Doolittle (H. D.) from 1911 to 1938. His 50-year writing career covered poetry, novels, criticism and biography. He edited The Egoist, a literary journal, and wrote for The Times Literary Supplement, Vogue, The Criterion and Poetry. His biography of Wellington (1946) won him the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His contacts included writers T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound, W. B. Yeats, Lawrence Durrell, C. P. Snow, and others. He championed Hilda Doolittle as the major poetic voice of the Imagist movement and helped her work gain international notice.
The binder: George Bayntun was born in 1873 in Bath, England. After an apprenticeship, he began his own bookbinding business in Bath in 1894, binding books by hand with great craftsmanship. Although many binders were using machines in their process, Bayntun refused to use modern techniques.
In 1920, George Baynton purchased the business of George Gregory, Bookseller. The shop was frequently visited by Queen Mary throughout his final years.
In 1939, the George Bayntun firm acquired the Rivière Bindery, and Bayntun passed away the following year. The firm has continued throughout the years under different managers through the family line and was granted the appointment of Bookseller to Her Majesty in 1950. The Bayntun-Rivière Bindery firm has been in residence on Manvers Street in Bath since 1939. Their books are still bound by hand, and the firm is world-famous for its fine bindings, restoration, and conservation work.
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