[ilds] "two drunken snails dipped in permanganate"

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Sat Sep 18 17:43:49 PDT 2010

Notably, the corrected proof copy held in the McPherson Library, in 
Victoria, bears a revision to the colour of the handprint described in 
the book as a charm against evil.  That proof has two distinct states of 
the jacket wrapped around it, but alas, the first is glued over, so it's 
not fully visible.


On 18/09/10 3:02 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
> Charles,
> I have /Justine/ 1.2, not 1.1. My previous error.
> On this copy, the imprint of a blue hand appears on the front cover
> only, /not/ the spine. I don't know what LD was so upset about, assuming
> he wanted the imprint of a hand on the front cover. Wolpe's design seems
> to me a good illustration of what Durrell describes on p. 45 of
> /Justine./ Maybe he expected something else entirely, i.e., something
> the FBI might have done.
> Bruce
> On Sep 18, 2010, at 1:50 PM, Charles Sligh wrote:
>> On 9/18/10 4:01 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>>> The dust jacket of my /Justine/ 1.1 also has the imprint of a blue
>>> hand. The hand is Sappho-Jane's, no?
>> The hand-print is meant to recall Sappho's hand as it originally
>> appeared, traced in Durrell's /Justine/ notebooks.
>> However, the image is not actually an imprint of Sappho's hand. I
>> /believe/ that I learned from Joseph Connolly
>> <http://books.google.com/books?id=rlz1PgAACAAJ&dq=faber+connolly&hl=en&ei=-iGVTOKJCcH48Abf_LyRDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCUQ6AEwAA>
>> or from Michael Haag that Wolpe's daughter's hand was used for the
>> jacket. That point should be clarified.
>> The intro to Connolly's Faber retrospect gives significant attention
>> to letters exchanged between Durrell and Wolpe about the jacket
>> design. To put it mildly -- which Durrell did not -- Durrell was
>> disappointed.
>>>         /Dear Mr Wolpe
>>>         <http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/5185858/fine-feathers.thtml>, /
>>>         /It was good of you to send the cover mock-up. But what am I
>>>         to tell you honestly? It seems to me beyond words horrible;
>>>         and yet this is offensive to say to an artist of experience
>>>         like yourself. This dreadful puce! And I really think that
>>>         two drunken snails dipped in permanganate could have produced
>>>         more aesthetically pleasing shapes... /
>> Wolpe's response:
>>>         /Dear Mr Durrell
>>>         <http://www.eyemagazine.com/review.php?id=168&rid=873>. Thank
>>>         you for your letter which did not reach me until Tuesday. The
>>>         printer had started printing the jacket and I am sorry to say
>>>         it was therefore impossible to make any alterations./
>> For the sake of clarification and accuracy, where does the hand-print
>> appear on your copy, Bruce?
>> On the spine /and/ on the front cover of the Faber /Justine/ 1.1
>> jacket? Or /only/ on the front cover of the jacket?
>> As Bill knows, the hand-print did not appear on the jacket spines of
>> the earliest printings.
>> I think that Bill is referring to the appearance or absence of the
>> hand-print on the spine, and I believe that he is seeking information
>> -- as is Mr. Whythe -- regarding the first impression to feature the
>> hand-print on the spine.
>> Does anyone on the list own a Faber /Justine/ first edition, fifth
>> impression (1.5) /with/ dust-jacket? If so, what do you find on the
>> spine? Thank you.
>> Bill: You are right. Dust jackets are often swapped and substituted
>> between impressions, mixing and matching to make a bare book more
>> attractive. Good sales technique. Bad bibliography.
>> N.B.: Just because /most/ early impressions lack the hand-print on the
>> spines of the jackets does not mean an anomaly did not occur. Reports
>> are welcome.
>> C&c.
>> --
>> ********************************************
>> Charles L. Sligh
>> Assistant Professor
>> Department of English
>> University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
>> charles-sligh at utc.edu
>> ********************************************
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