The Blue Moon Press

Two Stories. The Mare’s Nest, The Long Shadow.
by John Hampson.

London, E Lahr, Hand printed at the Blue moon Press Blue Moon,  Octavos No 1 Limited Edition, 1931. 8vo. 30pp. Decorated title page. Unopened. In quarter blue cloth with white boards in cream printed dust wrapper. Wrapper somewhat marked and rubbed otherwise a very good copy. Number 154 of a Limited Edition of 250 copies signed by the Author.

Charles Lahr (1885-1971), political activist and publisher, took over the Progressive Bookshop at 68 Red Lion Square, Holborn, in 1921.  This became a centre for political radicals and new authors.

After earlier publishing efforts he started the Blue Moon Booklets in 1930 and a year later the Blue Moon Press with this volume. By 1933 however, he was in financial difficulty,  his literary friends put together a volume to assist him, he went to prison for 6 months in 1935 and thereafter could only continue publishing in a small way – the shop remained a centre for radicals and revolutionaries.


Hogarth Press had an unexpected success with Hampson’s first novel, Saturday Night at the Greyhound. He wrote 5 more, not as successful and also short stories. John Frederick Norman Hampson Simpson (26 March 1901 – 26 December 1955), who wrote as John Hampson, was an English novelist. He was a member of the Birmingham Group of working class authors which included Walter Allen, Leslie Halward, Walter Brierley and Peter Chamberlain.


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