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(JACK THE RIPPER.) LOWNDES, Marie Belloc.

The Lodger.

Copyright edition.

Bernhard Tauchnitz, Leipzig , 1913 Stock Code: 120449
£1,250.00
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First Tauchnitz edition, published in the same year as the London and New York editions. Presentation copy from the author to fellow novelist A. S. M. Hutchinson, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "A. S. M. Hutchinson, with the kind thoughts of the writer, Marie Belloc Lowndes". Arthur Stewart-Menteth Hutchinson (1879-1971) was editor of The Daily Graphic and a prolific author whose bestselling If Winter Comes (1922) was, like The Lodger, adapted for the screen (MGM, 1947).
Belloc Lowndes's most enduring novel, "a story of a London couple in the 1880s who suspect that their lodger is Jack the Ripper... has undergone various adaptations, as a stage play, several films (including an early Alfred Hitchcock), and an opera by Phyllis Tate. The Lodger was a best-seller in its day, yet Marie Belloc Lowndes found herself constrained in the summer of 1914 to borrow 350 from her brother, Hilaire Belloc, to pay off an overdraft, a debt which seemed to rankle over the years, although in general brother and sister remained friends" (ODNB). Decidedly uncommon: Copac cites just the Bishopsgate Library copy among British and Irish institutional libraries (although there is a copy in the Todd-Bowden Collection at the BL); OCLC adds another 20 worldwide. Inscribed copies are particularly elusive.

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Description

Octavo (151 x 105 mm). Contemporary orange cloth, gilt lettered green skiver label.

Condition

Spine rolled and toned, slight wear to back cover, front free endpaper toned and slightly dampstained, yet a very good copy, clean and sound.

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