Emergence from Chaos signed by Stuart Holroyd, 1st/1st, 1957
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., (1957).
SIGNED presentation copy. First edition. This is a very good copy. The plain dust wrapper, which presents an extract from the introduction, is bright but with areas of soiling. The top and bottom edges suffer from slight separation which is also present at the top and tail of the spine. There are traces of rubbing present on the rear face and it has been price clipped. The pages are slightly soiled; however, the text blocks are free from foxing. The boards are clean and free from chips and marks. The author’s inscription is present on the front free endpaper and reads: “This copy is for Jim and Gloria, with love, and in memory of some happy days and stimulating talks we had in Paris. Stuart Holroyd. London, March, 1959”. The Jim to which this copy is addressed is author James Jones, the winner of the 1952 National Book Award for his first published novel, ‘From Here to Eternity’. Overall, this is a very good copy.
Holroyd’s debut novel. In the first section, he discusses different types of spirituality, while in the second part, roughly two thirds of the book, these distinctions are used to analyse the works of six different poets, each of whom reacted to the issues of modernity with his own spiritual vision.