Cock Pit - Inscribed - James Gould Cozzens 1928 - William Morrow & Company, New York - First Edition ‘It will convince you that you have lived in Cuba. You will find there: passion, guns, trusts, Mexican assassins, arson, sex appeal, cane, crushing machines and who knows what other crushes, in all senses of the term. If you escape with your life you will be lucky.’ - Ford Madox Ford.

A beautiful copy of the Pulitzer prize winning author’s third novel, in the scarce dust jacket.

Inscribed on the year of publication - ‘
For Janet- to show her my real future lies in book-case inventing after all. J G Cozzens, NYC, 20 September 28.’

Written during his time as an expat in Cuba, this riveting novel concerns the corruption and bloodshed of the sugar trade in the early 1900’s, in a stunning dust jacket illustrated by Frank Mechau. While the novel was met with critical acclaim upon its publication, there were few authors as polarizing as James Gould Cozzens, reviled and adored in equal measure by titans of the publishing industry, including John Updike and Irving Howe.
  James Gould Cozzens (1903-78): ‘American novelist, whose writings dealt with life in middle-class America. Cozzens grew up on Staten Island, N.Y. and graduated from the Kent School, and attended Harvard University for two years. In a year of teaching in Cuba he accumulated background material for the short novels Cockpit, and The Son of Perdition.’

Frank Mechau (1904-1946): ‘An artist born in Colorado who created works of enduring potency and beauty that have earned for him an important place in American art. Much of his best-known artwork depicts scenes inspired by the American west, scenes rendered in a distinctive style that conveys elegant movement and fluidity in the arrangement of figures and forms.’

References:
Encylopedia Britannica, Web. The Smithsonian Institute, Web. Bruccoli, James Gould Cozzens: A Descriptive Bibliography A5.1.a.

Octavo (20 x 14 cm). pp. [12] 302 [2]. In publisher’s black cloth, endpapers illustrated with maps, front board and spine lettered in red, top edge of text block tinted red. Dust jacket price clipped.
  Condition: Very good, wear to lower edges and corners, small patch of abrasion to centre of front board, in very good bright price-clipped dust jacket, wear to corners and spine ends, toning to spine,   Ref: 108654   Price: HK$ 5,500