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SOMERVILLE, E. OE, and ROSS, Martin [pseud. MARTIN, Violet]
Mount Music
London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1919. 8vo, pp. 309. Original green boards, lettered in black to front panel and gilt to spine. Illustrated dustwrapper. Lettering faded to spine, offsetting to endpapers, corners a trifle bumped, but a very good copy in a very good dustwrapper, chip to foot of spine, which is browned, a couple of small closed tears and light edgewear. Dustwrapper design by the author. First edition, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR TO TITLE PAGE, AND ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED TO HER NIECE: 'Katharine, from D., Christmas 1928.' 'D' was the family diminuitive for Edith. The recipient was Katharine Johnston (née Coghill). Violet Martin, Edith Somerville's lifelong companion and pseudonymous writing partner, died in 1915, four years before the publication of this volume. In a prefatory note to the book Somerville writes:'This book was planned some years ago by Martin Ross and myself. A few portions of it were written, and it was then put aside for other work. Without her help and inspiration, it would not have been begun, and could not have been completed. I feel, therefore, that to join her name with mine on the title-page is my duty, as well as my pleasure.' For the rest of her life Somerville, believer in the afterlife and regular attender of seances, continued to publish her solo novels under the authorial description of 'Somerville and Ross'. Very scarce in dustwrapper, this copy is also signed and comes with a fine family association. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Neil Pearson Rare Books [United Kingdom]
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