8vo. 365 + (1)pp, 8 photo plates incl portrait frontispiece, folding genealogical table. Publisher’s cloth, a little bumped and worn. Book label of Ralph Smith.
First edition of this well-written biography of Beckford which was the first to give proper critical attention to the purported surviving correspondence between Beckford and his cousin Louisa, some of it in fact rewritten by Beckford long after Louisa’s death. Its author, Guy Patterson Chapman (1889-1972), husband of the novelist Storm Jameson, waslater to become Professor of Modern History at Leeds University. Millington p.24.