The Five Jars.London, Edward Arnold & Co., 1922 Stock Code: 138879
NotesFirst edition, first impression, in the scarce jacket. This "fanciful, mildly ironic, and very pleasurable" fantastical tale was written for the daughter of James's late close friend James McBryde and to be read to the students of Eton, where James was serving as Provost (Bleiler). It is James's only novel and only children's book. Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a a noted scholar and the author of numerous ghost stories, which he began writing after entering Cambridge in 1882. James's readings at King's College were renowned in Cambridge, and he continued the tradition when he left his role as Vice-Chancellor in 1918 to become Provost of Eton. His first collection, Ghost-Stories of an Antiquary, was published in 1904 and established him as an icon of British horror.
Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles to spine and front cover in black, bottom edge untrimmed. With the dust jacket.
Frontispiece and 6 plates by Gilbert James printed on japon.
Pencil ownership inscription dated 24 March 1952 to front pastedown. Book block square and firm, cloth notably bright, offsetting to endpapers, book block edges a little foxed, small smudge to title page text, small spot of worming to rear free endpaper, else a very good, remarkably bright, copy in the scarce, lightly soiled jacket, with paper restoration to head of front panel, small chips to spine ends and tips, red ink marks to rear panel, pale damp marks to flaps.
Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction 914.
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