London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1888. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 250 pp., inscribed by J.M. Barrie. Very Good. Item #13042446
Inscribed first edition of Barrie's second book. These tales were told to Barrie by his mother, the "daughter of a local stonemason who was one of the most fanatical upholders of that fiercely puritanical brand of Protestantism known as the Auld Lichts" [Dunbar].
This is an inscribed presentation copy signed by Barrie, reading on the half-title "Walter Sichel | from J. M. Barrie." Also, loosely inserted is a two-page autograph letter signed by Walter Sichel, dated Feb. 17, 1930, to an unidentified bookseller, offering to sell this book ("I have a presentation copy of the first edition (1888) of Sir James Barrie's Auld Licht Idylls which he gave me at that time..."). Sichel (1855-1933) was an English lawyer and biographer who wrote books on Disraeli, Sheridan, Sterne and Emma Lady Hamilton; his sister Edith Sichel was also a noted biographer. We can only assume that the bookseller did buy this book from Sichel, as they came to us together.
___DESCRIPTION: Original dark blue cloth, beveled boards, octavo size, 250 pp. with 2 pp. of undated ads.
___CONDITION: Very good overall, the binding clean, a strong, square text block, and free of prior owner markings; a shallow split to the upper portion of the front joint, front hinge also cracked at the top (the board still solidly attached), and a bit of wear to the binding. The letter from Mr. Sichel is near fine to fine, free of edgewear, with only light toning, only the original mailing fold, with a vintage bookseller price of GBP 105 lightly written in pencil next to the printed address.
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