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DE LA MARE, Walter.

The Connoisseur

and other stories.

Published: London: W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1926

Stock code: 107770

Price: £275

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author as “Jack” to “Margaret & Harry, with love, June 1926”. The recipients were 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 eventually 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).

Octavo. Original orange cloth-backed tan boards, spine lettered in gilt, titles and illustration to front board gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Corners bumped, slight irregular toning to boards, small stipple of dark marking to front, foxing to half-title and rear free endpaper.

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