The Outcast.London: Chatto & Windus, 1875 Stock Code: 139835
First edition, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To my friend Frederick Greenwood, WR - April 75". A pencil note on the endpaper verso notes "Reade died on 24 April 1875 a few days after inscribing this book". Greenwood was editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, to which Reade was a regular contributor, and the two had a long-held correspondence. Reade, a strong supporter of Charles Darwin, petitioned Greenwood directly to organise for The Descent of Man (1871) and Expression (1872) to be reviewed in the gazette (Letter from Reade to Darwin, 31 January 1871; and 14 October 1872). This reputedly autobiographical novel defending Reade's scepticism was reprinted by the Rationalist Press Association for their Thinker's Library, alongside his influential The Martyrdom of Man (1872). An uncommon edition, especially signed, with no such copies traced at auction.
Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine in gilt and front cover in black, decorative pattern blocked to spine and front cover in black, frame blocked in blind to rear cover, yellow coated endpapers.
Publishers 32pp. catalogue at end.
Bookplate of noted bibliophile Eric S. Quaye to front pastedown. Spine a little cocked, rubbing to extremities, spot of wear to very tips, a couple of small marks to otherwise bright cloth, top edge of book block dust toned; a very good copy indeed.
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