First edition of The Case of the Midwife Toad; Inscribed by Arthur Koestler in the year of publication
The Case of the Midwife Toad.
Item Number: 5624
London: Hutchinson, 1971.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “With best wishes from a Vice-President of the National Dog Owner’s Association Arthur Koestler London, 25, 25.10.1971.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear to the extremities.
Born in Budapest in 1905, educated in Vienna, Arthur Koestler immersed himself in the major ideological and social conflicts of his time. A communist during the 1930s, and visitor for a time in the Soviet Union, he became disillusioned with the Party and left it in 1938. Later that year in Spain, he was captured by the Fascist forces under Franco, and sentenced to death. Released through the last-minute intervention of the British government, he went to France where, the following year, he again was arrested for his political views. Released in 1940, he went to England, where he made his home. His novels, reportage, autobiographical works, and political and cultural writings established him as an important commentator on the dilemmas of the 20th century.