8vo, limited to 307 copies of which this is one of 300 on paper, presentation inscription from richard le gallienne, printed in red and black, ornamental woodcut borders, title and initials, original limp vellum, silk ties, auction and bookdealer's cataloguing slips and newspaper clipping tipped-in or laid down
Audrey Ward (bookplate); Richard Le Gallienne (presentation inscription) (sold in these rooms, 22 April 1958, lot 283)
The most popular of the Kelmscott Books: upon publication this title quickly sold out.
The inscription from Le Gallienne reads "To Jim + Siss | a token of their unforgotten loving kindness | to | Mildred + Dick. | May 21, '94" A few months later Mildred Le Gallienne would be dead. The Oxford DNB notes that Mildred's early death in 1894 was "a sore blow... the emotional legacy of Le Gallienne's love for his first wife can be found in his subsequent fiction: she was, for example, the inspiration for the character of Angel in Young Lives (1899)"
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