Hard Cover. London: Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1932. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. One of 1,520 copies. Publisher's green cloth, lettered in gilt, printed on laid paper; in the original pictorial gray dust jacket designed by John Banting, with illustration in red of an empty room to the panels. About near fine, with some light wear to the extremities, minor rubbing to the hinges, a hint of light toning to the spine, a few faint spots to the page edges, otherwise bright and clean pages; unclipped dust jacket, with some light wear and minor chipping to the extremities, some fading to the spine, a few faint spots of light soiling to the otherwise bright and clean panels. Overall, a tight and fresh copy. Woolmer 302. The Case is Altered is the third novel by South African and British author William Plomer. After his English education and the conclusion of World War I, Plomer returned to his home country of South Africa, where he began his writing career as an independent author and editor of the short-lived literary magazine Voorslag. After traveling for an extended period to Japan, Plomer returned to England in 1929, at which point he began working with the Hogarth Press and entered London literary circles by way of Virginia Woolf's introduction. Throughout his career, Plomer's writing "whether dealing with life in Africa or Asia, has always been marked an honest effort to grapple with contemporary conditions;" appropriately, this novel contains a dramatic story set in London. In addition to being his most commercially successful novel, The Case is Altered was also, according to Hogarth Press biographer Helen Southworth, "one of the Hogarth's best-sellers during the period in which Virginia Woolf worked actively as an editor and publisher." In 1933, Plomer left the Hogarth Press to work with Jonathan Cape, during which period he began reading and editing Ian Fleming's James Bond series; Fleming gratuitously dedicated his 1959 Goldfinger to Plomer, whom he describes as "my gentle reader."