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This Delicate Creature : With The Scarce Wrapper By Edward Ardizzone by  Con O'Leary - First UK Edition - 1928 - from Ashton Rare Books ABA, PBFA, ILAB (SKU: 2222322244924)

This Delicate Creature : With The Scarce Wrapper By Edward Ardizzone

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This Delicate Creature : With The Scarce Wrapper By Edward Ardizzone

by O'Leary, Con

  • Used
  • near fine
  • hardcover
  • First
Near Fine/Very Good++
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The First UK printing published by Constable, London in 1928. The BOOK is in near Fine condition in the original variant binding of terracotta cloth, upper board and spine lettered in black. Some faint spotting to the edges and prelims. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The fragile WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ or better condition. Some light markings and slight edge-wear. The wrapper is protected in a removable archival protector and carries a striking period design signed with the initials 'EJIA'. These initials must be those of Edward Jeffrey Irving Ardizzone and this wrapper artwork must have been one of his earliest commissions. Born in Ireland, this is O'Leary's best known work, a science fiction novel in which 'a woman is given a drug that induces a range of Identity Transfer experiences, including life as a mouse and as her own betrayed husband ' (Science Fiction Encyclopaedia, online). A very scarce survivor. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.


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Ashton Rare Books ABA, PBFA, ILAB GB (GB)
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This Delicate Creature : With The Scarce Wrapper By Edward Ardizzone
O'Leary, Con
Ardizzone, Edward (wrapper artwork)
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket condition
Very Good++
Quantity available
First UK Edition
Constable, London
Place of Publication
Date published
Ardizzone, O'Leary

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Ashton Rare Books ABA, PBFA, ILAB

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Market Harborough, Leicestershire
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About Ashton Rare Books ABA, PBFA, ILAB

We trade as a family-run internet business in Market Harborough in the heart of the Midlands. We have over 10 years experience of collecting and selling a range of genres, specialising in iconic modern fiction and children's titles. Please feel free to browse our website: All items are fully described and if any reasonable discrepancy is noted on arrival to the customer, a full refund including payment for return to us will be made. Items over £250 may be paid for in instalments subject to agreement- however, all books remain the property of Ashton Rare Books until the full balance has been paid. Please contact us at : if you are looking for a particular title or require further assistance.We are full members of the PBFA, ABA and ILAB.


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