A Christmas Card.
First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his old associate Max Beerbohm, while on service with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in the First World War, “Max from Filson. H.M.S. Lion, North Sea, 5 Jan 1915”, together with an original pen-and-ink and watercolour caricature of the author by Beerbohm drawn on the half-title. Alexander Bell Filson Young (1876–1938) was a journalist who survived the sinking of the Titanic, and published the first book about the disaster just 37 days after the sinking. A bromide print by him of Max Beerbohm is held by the National Portrait Gallery, London. Laid-in are an autograph card from Eva G. Reichmann to Anthony Hobson, enclosing the book as a gift; “… Given to me by Mrs Reichmann (sister of the second Lady Beerbohm and Administratrix of the estates of Sir Max and Lady Beerbohm), 21 Dec. 1960”, and an autograph note by Hobson noting the provenance. With Hobson’s bookplate also to the front pastedown; Hobson (1921-2014) was the director of Sotheby’s and a noted bibliophile.
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Small octavo. Original green paper-backed decorated boards, title to spine gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Spine cracked but holding, spine ends and tips slightly worn. A very good copy.