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[FORD] HUEFFER, Ford Madox.

[The Fifth Queen trilogy:] The Fifth Queen; Privy Seal; The Fifth Queen Crowned.

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Published: London Alston Rivers; Eveleigh Nash, 1906-8

Stock Code: 122146

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First editions, first impressions. Dedication copy of The Fifth Queen Crowned, inscribed by the author on the date of publication on the front free endpaper, "Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Marwood, always affectionately from Ford M. H. 26th March MCMVIII"; the first volume, The Fifth Queen, has Marwood's ownership signature on the front free endpaper. The dedicatee, Arthur Marwood (1868-1916), was a highly significant figure in Ford's life: "after Madox Brown, Conrad, and James, he was to become the most important man in Ford's life and in his writing" (Saunders, p. 209). Ford met Marwood in 1905, when the two became neighbours Marwood had moved to Winchelsea, seeking a milder climate for his tuberculosis. In late 1908, the same year the Fifth Queen Crowned was published, Ford founded the radical literary periodical, the English Review, with Marwood's financial backing. When Marwood died from tuberculosis in 1916, his death impressed Ford "more profoundly than any since those of his father and grandfather" (Saunders vol. II, p. 5). The character of Christopher Tietjens, the protagonist of Ford's war tetralogy (1924-1928), was partly a tribute to Marwood, "from whom he took Tietjens's grand Yorkshire background, mathematical skills and habit of 'tabulating from memory the errors in the Encyclopaedia Britannica'" (LRB, Vol. 34, No. 19). The set is from the collection of Thomas Moser, Professor of English at Stanford University, though unmarked as such; he published a psychological biography of Ford Madox Ford in 1980.

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3 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, decoration to spines, titles to spines and front covers gilt.


Spines slightly faded, a couple of hinges cracked but holding, contents lightly foxed. A very good set.


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