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THOMAS, Edward.

Rose Acre Papers.

London, The Lanthorn Press, 1904 Stock Code: 125084
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First edition, first impression, of the author's scarce early book, inscribed in ink by Mabel and Lilian Quiller-Couch on the front free endpaper: "From M & L Quiller-Couch with love and every good wish", with the pencilled date "Xmas 1904". Mabel and Lilian were the younger sisters of Arthur Quiller-Couch, the literary critic, novelist, and editor of the monumental Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900, and are notable for their jointly edited anthology of children's verse published in 1911.
Rose Acre Papers is Thomas's third book and consists of a collection of four untitled essays written during the author's time at Rose Acre Cottage in Bearsted, Kent, between October 1901 and July 1903. The book was ostensibly reprinted by Duckworth under the same name in 1910, but only the last two essays of this collection were retained, with the majority of the book reprinting essays from Thomas's second book, Horae Solitariae. However this fragile first edition of Thomas's third book is notably scarce, and we can trace only one copy to have appeared at auction in the past 10 years. Of the institutions, OCLC and COPAC list only 17 that currently hold copies, most of which are concentrated in the US.

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Octavo. Original blue quarter cloth, brown paper boards, black titles on paper label to spine.


Advertisements on one leaf at rear. Spine slightly faded and rolled with rubbing to ends and extremities, boards very slightly bowed, hinges starting to crack but holding, spine label toned, fore-edge of one page torn with loss. Otherwise internally clean, sound, and free from all but the very lightest of spotting. Overall a very good copy.


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