AFTER MANY A SUMMER DIES THE SWAN. New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1939. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1-2] 3-356, title page printed in brown and black, original brown pebbled cloth, front and spine panels stamped in blue and gold, fore and bottom edges rough-trimmed. First U.S. edition. Jeremy, a young English scholar, is engaged to catalogue a manuscript collection in Los Angeles belonging to the eccentric and malignant Mr. Stoyte, whose live-in physician, Dr. Obispo, is searching for a longevity drug. "At once comic and ironic, philosophic, religious, and erotic, and in its development both tragic and horrific, the narrative leads -- by way of the eighteenth-century manuscript journal of the 5th Earl of Gonister found by Jeremy among the Hauberk Papers -- to a conclusive anticipation of Stoyte and Obispo's search for the elixir of life." - Longman Companion to Twentieth Century Literature, p. 7. Huxley moved to Los Angeles in the late 1930s and lived there off and on until his death in 1963. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 4-322; (1981) 3-413; (1987) 3-219; and (1995) 2-55. Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 33-7. Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 1273. Powell, California Classics no. 30. A Burgess 99 novel. Spine panel just a bit dull, else a very good, bright copy; no dust jacket. (#107162).
First edition so stated on copyright page.