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FARJEON, Herbert.

Nine Sharp & Earlier.

Published: London: J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd, 1938

Stock code: 102961

Price: £65

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First edition, first impression, uncommon. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: “To Kathryn, in memory, from Bertie, November 1938”. Herbert Farjeon (1887-1945) was the older brother of Eleanor Farjeon, and a major figure in the British theatre, who also wrote the lyrics to one of the iconic songs of the 1920s: “I’ve danced with a man, who’s danced with a girl, who’s danced with the Prince of Wales”. He also edited the Nonesuch edition of Shakespeare (1929-33). This collection of witty verses includes one dedicated to Bernard Shaw, and another praising Mickey Mouse: “We do like Mickey,/ Oh, we do like Mickey,/ Yes, we do like Mickey-Mickey Mouse!/ He’s so fundamental!/ And so transcendental!”

Octavo. Original bright green cloth, gilt lettered spine. With the dust jacket. Illustrated throughout by Anna Zinkeisen. Tip of spine faded, spine of jacket toned, jacket torn (with loss) at head of spine, front and back panels, date inscribed in ink on back panel, otherwise a very good copy.

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