Blue Voyage by Conrad Aiken 1st / 1st 1927
First UK edition and print published by Gerald Howe in 1927. A very good + copy. The dustwrapper has tiny amounts of loss to the top of the spine and some minor rubbing to the corners and spine ends. It has a small closed tear to the centre of the spine and the spine is a couple of shades sunned from the rest of the jacket. It is in much better condition than is usually found. The book is also in very good condition with a shade or two sunned spine also. A corner is pushed and the webbing is exposed on the front board but this is cosmetic with the binding is tight. The pages are mostly clean without foxing. Overall a very good + copy.
An autobiographical debut novel from Pullitzer prize winning Conrad Aiken about a writer’s sentimental journey across the Atlantic that becomes a crucible of heartbreak and mental anguish.
William Demarest settles into his room, checks his pockets for his seasickness pills, and wanders onto the deck of the ship that will be his home for the next few days. The lights of New York City are still faintly visible, but Demarest’s mind is on London, where he hopes to be reunited with the woman he adores. He has spent countless nights pining for her and is finally ready to declare his love.
In a state of feverish anticipation, Demarest steals onto the first-class section of the ship. There, to his surprise, he discovers the woman he is traveling thousands of miles to see, only for her to dismiss him with devastating coldness. For the rest of the voyage, Demarest must wrestle with golden memories turned to dust and long-cherished fantasies that will never come to pass.