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WEST, Rebecca.

The Return of the Soldier.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Nisbet & Co. Ltd, 1918

Stock Code: 126588

£975
signed
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Auntie Townshend. With love, from Rebecca". The recipient was Emily Townshend, one of the "Girton Five", the first students at the newly founded women's' college at Cambridge in 1869.
A prominent member of the Fabian Society, through which she was a friend of West's lover H. G. Wells, Townshend was active in the suffragette movement and was once imprisoned for a fortnight in this capacity. Her daughter Rachel similarly spent a month in prison as a suffragette in 1908.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue-green cloth, spine and front cover lettered in black, publisher's device in black to rear cover.

Condition

Head of spine slightly rubbed and frayed, extremities a little rubbed, front hinge tender, rear hinge cracked but holding, gauze strip visible at a few openings, pale browning to half-title and advert page at rear, light foxing to a couple of pages. A very good copy.

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