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MANNING, Frederic.

Scenes & Portraits.

Published: London: John Murray, 1909

Stock code: 94483

Price: £1,750

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First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Eva Fowler, to whom he had been introduced the previous year, on the front free endpaper: “To Mrs Alfred Fowler, from the author. 17.5.1909” and with the bookplate of the recipient’s husband to both front pastedown and front free endpaper. Eva Fowler (1872–1921) was a minor Edwardian patron of the arts, who the same year as this introduced Manning to Ezra Pound, with whom he became friendly. Pound said later that “Fred”, whom he always highly esteemed, had been his first literary companion in England.

Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, pattern to front board in gilt. Spine rolled, top edge dusty, minor foxing to endleaves, hinges cracked, front free endpaper loose. A good copy.

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