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SHAW, George Bernard.

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Chosen by Charlotte F. Shaw.

Published: London: Constable and Company Ltd, 1912

Stock code: 103503

Price: £675

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author’s friend, Sydney Cockerell, signed by Shaw and inscribed by Charlotte Shaw on the half-title: “To Sydney Carlyle Cockerell from Charlotte F. Shaw”. another inscription, with indistinct signature and dated “5th Nov. 1913” reads: “I witness these signatures – on this most pleasant evening”. Sir Sydney Carlisle Cockerell (1867–1962) was the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum from 1908 to 1937. Cockerell’s innovative style as director left a lasting legacy on museology, his skillful use of light and space being quite revolutionary. In the late 1890s Cockerell had worked as William Morris’s de facto personal secretary and was named by Morris as his literary executor. His brother was the bookbinder Douglas Cockerell, who also famously worked with Morris. Shaw and Cockerell appear as two of the three characters in Dame Felicitas Corrigan’s The Nun, The Infidel, and the Superman. Laid in are two original photographs of Shaw at the Fitzwilliam Museum, taken in 1933 and 1935 and inscribed by Cockerell on the reverse. One of the photographs shows Shaw in front of the famous portrait which Augustus John painted in 1915 as part of a series and which Shaw bequeathed the museum. Also loosely inserted are Charlotte Shaw’s compliments card and three newspaper clippings. A fine association.

Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt, brown endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Housed in a modern green cloth solander box. Photo-engraved frontispiece of Auguste Rodin’s bust of the author (from a photograph by Shaw). Extremities faintly rubbed, initial blank recto tanned; 1933 photograph with tiny nick to one corner. A bright copy in excellent condition.

Bibliography: Laurence A118.

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