Venus Rising From The Sea First Edition Arnold Bennett Illustrated & Signed by McKnight Kauffer Limited Edition of 350 Copies 1931 Rare Books

 

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VENUS RISING FROM THE SEA

PUBLISHED: London. Cassell & Company.

1931.


4to., Limited Edition from the Curwen Press of 350 copies

signed by the artist, Number 182, original black lettered

light grey boards, pp. 110 on hand-made paper, illustrated

by E McKnight Kauffer with 7 full page colour drawings,

plus another 3 colour vignettes, a fine copy.



Bennett won a literary competition hosted by Tit-Bits

magazine in 1889 and was encouraged to take up

journalism full-time. In 1894, he became assistant editor

of the periodical Woman. He noticed that the material

offered by a syndicate to the magazine was not very good,

so he wrote a serial which was bought by the syndicate

for £75 (equivalent to £10,000 in 2015). He then wrote

another. This became The Grand Babylon Hotel. Just over

four years later, his first novel, A Man from the North,

was published to critical acclaim and he became editor

of the magazine.


In 1903, he moved to Paris, where other great artists from

around the world had converged on Montmartre and

Montparnasse. Bennett spent the next eight years writing

novels and plays. Bennett believed that ordinary people

had the potential to be the subject of interesting books.

In this respect, an influence which Bennett himself

acknowledged was the French writer Maupassant whose

"Une Vie" inspired "The Old Wives' Tale."

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