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DE LA MARE, Walter.

The Three Mulla-Mulgars

[with:] a typed letter signed by the author laid in.

Duckworth & Co, London , 1910 Stock Code: 128564
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First edition, first impression, uncommon in the dust jacket; with a typed letter signed by de la Mare to a Mr Caulfield, declining amusingly an invitation to speak at the Gryphon Club, "any paper I could offer would be far too long and of the flat-back, hard-seat Victorian chair variety, and nothing of the armchair discourse in it which is the only endurable kind at such feasts" (dated 12 May 1930, letterhead of Hill House, Taplow, Bucks). The Gryphon Club was a debating society at Trinity College, Cambridge, founded in 1881.

Whilst often described as a neglected masterpiece, The Three Mulla-Mulgars was one of Richard Adams's favourite novels. He noted that it created a reality that stayed true to itself, a world to which "the devoted reader can return again and again for delight and comfort". It was mainly from here that Adams took the idea of a journey as the basis for his landmark novel, Watership Down.

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Octavo. Original green pictorial cloth, lettered gilt and decorated in black, top edge gilt. With the pictorial dust jacket.


Colour frontispiece and one further colour plate by J.R. Monsell.


A bright and clean fine copy in a very good dust jacket indeed, the spine tanned a little, with a couple short closed tears to the edges, and a short tape repair to the reverse of the upper fold.


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