Essay Writer

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

French Leave

London: Heinemann, 1928

8vo, pp. 287. Original red boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Printed dustwrapper. Browning to preliminaries, (Somerville family) bookplate to front pastedown, a little wear to spine ends, but a very good copy in a very good dustwrapper, chip to head of (browned) spine not affecting text.

First edition, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR TO TITLE PAGE, AND ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED TO HER NIECE: 'For Katharine with love from D. May 5 1928.' 'D' was the family diminuitive for Edith. The recipient was Katharine Johnston (née Coghill), whose bookplate adorns the front pastedown.

Somerville and her writing partner, her cousin Violet Martin ('Martin Ross') wrote the Irish R.M. stories together. Violet died in 1915, but Edith, firm believer in the afterlife and a regular attender of seances, used the 'Somerville and Ross' authorial description for the rest of her career. The dedication to this book reads: 'To My Collaborator.'

An excellent family association.

Keywords: Edith SOMERVILLE Violet MARTIN Martin ROSS"

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