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SOMERVILLE, E. OE, and ROSS, Martin [pseud. MARTIN, Violet]

Naboth's Vineyard

London: Richard Edward King, N.d.

Small 8vo, pp. 280, 20pp. publisher's advertisements bound in at rear. Original green illustrated boards, lettered in black to front panel and spine. Binding a little shaken, preliminaries badly foxed and browning to text.

Pirated edition. From the library of Katharine Johnston, the niece of Edith Somerville. First published by Spencer Blackett in 1891.

Somerville and Ross are best known for their Irish R.M. stories; this early novel, written at the request of a local clergyman, is in a more serious vein.

In Elizabeth Hudson's bibliography of the authors, she notes: 'A unique copy of Naboth's Vineyard was in the possession of Messrs. Spurr & Swift of London in 1932 and was described by them as having the name of Richard E. King Ltd. as being the publisher, but no date. This book was bound in brown cloth with gilt edges. As this edition was totally unknown to the authors, it seems fair to assume that it is a pirate edition.'

The literary scholar Nevill Coghill was Edith Somerville's nephew. In his copy of the bibliography we find the following note: 'Another copy of the pirated edition is in the possession of my sister Katharine, who says it is bound in green. This is Katharine's copy, and bears her bookplate to the front pastedown.

A unique copy, with a nice family asociation.

Keywords: Edith SOMERVILLE Violet MARTIN Martin ROSS"

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