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DE LA MARE, Walter.] RAMAL.
Songs of Childhood.
New York & Bombay: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1902. New York & Bombay: Longmans, Green, and Co,, 1902. Octavo. Original quarter vellum, ruled gilt, blue cloth with gilt publisher's device, top edge gilt. Housed in a blue morocco slipcase and blue folder. Sepia frontispiece from a drawing by Richard Doyle with tissue guard. With the bookplates of. H. Bradley Martin and Brian Fenwick-Smith to inner panels of chemise, and of Mildred and Harold Greenhill to front pastedown. A near-fine copy, clean and fresh throughout, though with the usual tanning to the spine. First edition of Songs of Childhood, presentation copy inscribed in verse by De La Mare to the publisher of the Fountain Press, Elbridge Adams, on the front endpaper, "Walter de la Mare for Elbridge Adams with his best wishes […] I had a secret laughter,/ I laughed it near the wall:/ Only the ivy & the wind/ May tell of it at all / February 1929". The author's first book, uncommon inscribed and in such nice condition.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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