DE LA MARE, Walter.
Stuff and Nonsense.
and So On. With Woodcuts by Bold.
First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author (as “Jack”) “To Margaret and Harry, with love” on the front free endpaper. The recipients were Sir Henry Newbolt and his wife, a highly significant association: having spent eighteen ill-paid years in the statistics department at Anglo-American Oil, De La Mare’s verse eventually secured the “the eager championship of Henry Newbolt, who succeeded finally in securing for de la Mare a £200 royal bounty grant (1908)—enough to risk quitting oil to rely wholly on fiction, poetry, and reviewing (chiefly for the Saturday Westminster Gazette and Times Literary Supplement)” (ODNB).
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Octavo. Original green cloth, gilt-lettered spine, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. 42 woodcuts to the text by Bold. Spine slightly rolled and sunned, corners lightly bumped, contents toned. A very good copy.