London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1929. First English language edition. Full crushed blue morocco stamped in gilt on spine and boards. Spine with five raised bands. All edges and turn-ins brightly gilt. Pale blue silk moire endpapers. Red doublures, with a fine inset portrait of Beethoven under glass at front. Stamped by Sangorski & Sutcliffe at rear turn-in. Illustrated throughout with images, portraits, and samples of his musical notations. A bright, beautiful copy housed in a custom clamshell lined with velvet. Fine.
Rolland’s biography of Beethoven strives to “raise ourselves above the kingdom of shadows” by facing the “sun of Beethoven.” This study foregrounds Beethoven’s genius, and yet Rolland’s own artistic gifts decorate each page in dramatic ways too. Beautifully bound and containing a rich variety of images and examples of Beethoven’s musical notations, this book object is a worthy testament to Beethoven’s greatness. Fine (Item #3102)