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Once a Week.
London: Methuen & Co. Ltd,, 1914. Octavo. Original purple cloth, title and decoration to spine gilt, title to front board blind. Spine faded to white, covers faded and a little mottled. A very good copy. First edition, first impression. The dedication copy, inscribed by the author to his wife, Dorothy Milne (née de Sélincourt), on the front free endpaper, "My darling's private copy of her own book. A.A.M. October 1914". With Dorothy's illustrated bookplate to the front pastedown. This was the first of many of his books to be dedicated to his wife, referred to in the printed dedication as his collaborator, "who buys the ink and paper, laughs, and, in fact, does all the really difficult part of the business, this book is gratefully dedicated in memory of a winter's morning in Switzerland". The allusion to "a winter's morning in Switzerland" refers to their engagement while skiing in Switzerland in January 1913: "I proposed to her at eleven o'clock one morning in a snowstorm". This collection of comedic material was originally published in Punch, and was his third such collection. In its review of Once a Week the Times Literary Supplement argued that Milne "had one of the most engaging silly senses of humour in the world".
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