Somerville's Own Copy, Inscribed to Her Niece
SOMERVILLE, E. OE, and ROSS, Martin [pseud. MARTIN, Violet]


London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1920

8vo, pp. 280. Original blue boards, lettered in white and black to front panel and black to spine. Tissue guard to frontispiece. Lacking the dustwrapper. Binding a little loose, creasing to p.111, spine faded and with wear to ends. A very good copy.

First edition. INSCRIBED BY EDITH SOMERVILLE TO HER NIECE, KATHARINE COGHILL: 'Edith OE. Somerville to Katharine Coghill. Hotel des Baignots, Dax, Landes, France. October 13. 1920.' SOMERVILLE'S OWN COPY, WITH HANDWRITTEN ERRATA LIST TIPPED IN TO REAR ENDPAPER.

Edith Somerville [1858-1949] and her writing partner, her cousin Violet Martin ('Martin Ross') [1862-1915] are best known for writing the Irish R.M. stories together. After Violet's death in 1915 Edith, a regular attender of seances and believer in the afterlife, continued to proclaim dual authorship of her books. But this collection of studies and sketches, most of which had already appeared in print elsewhere, is indeed the work of both authors, and unusually their respective contributions are itemised here in the list of contents.

This copy seems to have been proof-read shortly after publication by Somerville --her handwritten errata list is pasted in at the rear of the book -- before being inscribed and presented to her niece Katharine Coghill.

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