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Storm Passage

James Hilton

James Hilton (1900-1954) was the author of several famous novels including Lost Horizon, which introduced the notion of the hidden paradise of Shangri-La, and Goodbye, Mr. Chips, both of which were made into films. Hilton's 1941 novel Random Harvest is interesting because one of the characters is named John Blampied, which is the same as Edmund's brother who was acting as his agent when Storm Passage was being published.

Storm Passage was Hilton's second novel, published two years after his first, which was written while he was a student at Cambridge University. It was described as a clever study of feminine character. The book wasn't republished until 2003 because Hilton was reported to be unhappy with it. It is a rare book and copies without the dust jacket are expensive. I haven't seen a copy with a jacket although there is a facsimile jacket available (from which Blampied's signature has disappeared).

First edition

Bibliography code: TFU-22.6

Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin

Series: none

Year: 1922

Format: 8vo

Pages: 320

Binding: Plain black cloth, nothing on front; title, author in box in gold at top of spine with line between, publisher in box at base.

Size: 190 x 133 mm

Dust jacket: signed Blam faintly in white, lower right, under woman's arm

Internal illustrations: none

Price: 7 shillings 6 pence (from adverts)

Printing history: First and only edition

Printed by: not known

Notes: Jacket not seen with book.

Image of dust jacket

Panel of dust jacket from Blampied's album (click to enlarge)