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SYMONS, A. J. A.
Emin. The Governor of Equatoria.
London: The Fleuron, 1928. London: The Fleuron,, 1928. Small quarto. Original black buckram-backed vermillion printed patterned paper boards. Just a touch sunned at the spine, merest hint of browning at the edges of the boards, else very good First edition, limited issue, this 281 of 300 copies, and with a flavoursome presentation inscription in Symons' careful calligraphic hand: "For Eddie Marsh with envy for his possessions, and his cook, and admiration for his discernment cordially, AJA Symons". In his reminiscences, A Number of People, Marsh gives his housekeeper and cook Mrs. Elgy centre stage in the chapter dedicated to Personalities, recounting her endearing "I may not be a posh cook, but I hope I'm a cook". There is an honest, and grudgingly self-critical, homage in Symons' inscription. Marsh was widely admired for being at ease with his accomplishments, while Symons was "was possessed of an aggressive resolve for social success... favoured suits of unusual colour and cloth with double-breasted waistcoats, extravagant shirts and ties and pointed, hand-made shoes [and] taught himself calligraphy by copying out passages from the Dictionary of National Biography in a minute Gothic script" (Giles Barber in ODNB).
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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