The Dark Monarch. A Portrait from Within. Sven BERLIN.

The Dark Monarch. A Portrait from Within.

Stevenage: Finishing Publications Ltd., (2009). Second edition. 8vo. (vi), 246, (4) pp. Publisher's red cloth, gilt lettered to the spine and decorated to the upper board, dust jacket. Illustrations by the author throughout. An excellent copy. A cult novel, being a barely fictionalised description of the petty rivalries and squabbles within the artists' community in St. Ives. The book provoked much consternation locally and prompted a libel action leading to the book's early withdrawal from sale. First published in 1962, this is the sole reprint and benefits from the author's glossary of terms and real names hitherto unpublished. Neither edition is common. Item #34515

Price: £80.00

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