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DE LA MARE, Walter.

Memoirs of a Midget.

Published: London: W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1921

Stock code: 107774

Price: £85

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author (as “Jack”) and additionally signed by his daughter to “Harry & Margaret, with their love, from Florence & Jack, 18. vii. 21”, the recipients being Sir Henry Newbolt and his wife, a highly significant association: after eighteen years working in the statistics department at Anglo-American Oil, De La Mare’s verse finally attracted the “eager championship” of Newbolt, who secured him a royal bounty grant of £200 which allowed him to leave his day-job and devote himself to writing full-time (ODNB). De La Mare’s daughter, Florence, drew the image found on p. 2, which in this copy bears her inked initials “F. d l M”. Memoirs of a Midget won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the year 1921.

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and within two-line frame to front board in red. Spine sunned, rolled and slightly rubbed and nicked at extremities, rear joint tender with some surface-splitting, pale markings to front board, contents slightly toned, free endpapers tanned. A good copy.

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