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The States Through Irish Eyes

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1930

Large 8vo, pp. 200. Original red boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Edges uncut. Gilt to spine just a little faded, but a near fine copy lacking the publisher's slipcase.

First edition. One of 375 copies SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. NEVILL COGHILL'S COPY, INSCRIBED TO HIM BY HIS MOTHER FOR CHRISTMAS 1930 TO FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. Coghill was Professor of English Literature at Exeter College, Oxford, and Edith Somerville's nephew.

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 Edith, a firm believer in seances and the afterlife, continued to proclaim dual authorship of her books. This is one of the few she published under her name alone, and is an account of a visit Edith made to the United States: 'It is quite inadequate for so great a task, but it has at least the merit of sincerity, and it records experiences that were as interesting as they were agreeable.' (Edith's note on the book in Elizabeth Hudson's Somerville & Ross bibliography (New York: The Sporting Gallery & Bookshop, 1942)).

A lovely family association.

Keywords: Edith SOMERVILLE"

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