Original Design. Eardley BESWICK.

Original Design

New York: Minton, Balch & Company, 1933. First American Edition. The author's first novel, examining the daily workings of a machine factory at the beginning of the Depression. "The interest is centered sympathetically in the character of a pattern maker, whose invention saves the factory from going on the rocks, and who gets for himself the customary "pat on the back" (Kirkus Review). Depicts characters from every side of the industry, from the owner down to the man who scrubs the bathrooms. A scarce title; we find no copies of this edition in the trade (2015), with OCLC showing sparse holdings in fewer than two dozen locations. Not in HANNA. First Printing. Octavo (20.25cm); red cloth, with titling and rule stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; blue-gray topstain; dustjacket; 364pp. Short number string faintly rubber-stamped at rear endpaper, else Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.50), edgeworn, with chipping to spine ends and corners, numerous tears, and a diagonal crease along rear panel and flap fold; Very Good only.

Price: $250.00