The Dreadful Dragon of Hay Hill.London, William Heinemann Ltd., 1928 Stock Code: 38982
NotesFirst edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "For dearest Lady Lewis and dearest Katie, Max 1928". Lady Lewis (1845-1931) was the second wife of the society lawyer Sir George Lewis. She created a salon of painters, writers, politicians, and lawyers. Her daughter Katie was a subject and great favourite of Burne-Jones and treated by him as a surrogate daughter of his own. Katie settled in the Cotswolds, where Max Beerbohm was part of her circle, along with Osbert Sitwell, Rex Whistler, Rupert Hart-Davis, Margot Asquith and the great unrequited love of her life, Bernard Berenson.
Octavo. Original red cloth-backed grey boards, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket.
Frontispiece by Beerbohm. With the bookplate of Katherine (Katie) Lewis to the front pastedown.
Fore edge spotted, partial browning to the endpapers but an excellent copy in the tanned and lightly rubbed dust jacket.
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