IRVING, Harry Brodribb.
Occasional Papers Dramatic and Historical.
First edition, second impression, same month as the first; this copy inscribed “with my good wishes H.B. Irving, 1919” on the half-title. The son of the great actor-manager, Harry Brodribb was intended for the Law, but after graduating from New College, Oxford and being called to the Bar at the Inner Temple, he turned to the theatre. After a fairly successful career based largely on reprising his father’s successes, he retired from the stage – more or less – in 1911, and settled to the writing of a number of works examining unusual aspects of the Law. The present collection includes his “The True Story of Eugene Aram”, an account of the life of the infamous English philologist and murderer, who had been memorialised in Hood’s The Dream of Eugene Aram, and in Bulwer-Lytton’s 1832 novel. In 1903, Irving was a founder member of Our Society, better known as “The Murder Club”, formed by like-minded lovers of the arcane corners of criminology for the discussion of particularly piquant cases, members included Conan Doyle, E.W. Hornung, and William Le Queux.
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Octavo. Original red buckram, title gilt to the spine and to the upper board within escutcheon and banderolle. Slightly rubbed and irregularly sunned, particularly at the spine, foxed front and back, light browning throughout, a very good copy.