First edition, first printing. Publisher's original olive green cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Top edge gilt. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little creasing at the head and tail of the slightly darkened spine. The cloth remains fresh. The contents with an interesting previous owner's inscription to the front pastedown and ownership inscription to the front endpaper are also spotted to the prelims and with the occasional mark throughout. Publisher's eight page catalogue at the rear. Scarce.
Inscribed by the previous owner on the front pastedown "When I was living with Desmond MacCarthy in 1921, Vernon Lee (Miss Paget) used to come to dine". With the earlier illegible (to this cataloguer) ownership signature and inscription on the front endpaper "... at 11 Lower Belgrave Street / SW1 / July 16 1941 / Bought from Desmond / MacCarthy". British writer and Bloomsbury group member Desmond MacCarthy was the foremost literary and dramatic critic of his day. He was a close friend, correspondent and champion of the author and her work.
Stock code: 21060