London & New York: The Nonesuch Press & Random House, Inc, 1933. 8vo. First edition. Original red buckram with bevelled boards, gilt. Top edge stained red. Spine faded and dulled. Boards a little faded and rubbed. Bookplate on front pastedown. Very good +. Item #5932
'From the Library of A. J. A. Symons Brick House Finchingfield Essex'. A. J. A. Symons (1900-41) co-founded the Wine and Food Society with André Simon in 1933 and published his masterpiece, 'The Quest for Corvo' the following year. He wrote 'An Appraisal' for The Nonesuch Century (1936) and was full of praise for the omnibus volumes but, 'Next in the series is Coleridge, Selected Poetry and Prose, No.90; and here for once, in a few details, it seems to me that Mr Meynell's hand falters. The title-page frame is not tied together at the corners as it should be; and the shaded lettering of Coleridge's name is not only ugly in itself, but out of key with the rest of the page, and even more out of key with the excellent sectional headings throughout the text. Nevertheless, Coleridge is a good book, and happy in its editor, Stephen Potter'. In a letter to Francis Meynell in 1931, Potter first used the word Gamesmanship. His book, The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship, was published in 1947 and was an immediate bestseller.
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