New York: John B. Alden, 1885. Hardcover. Very good in half black cloth and half maroon cloth with handwritten paper title and author labels to spine panel. Chipping to edges of lables and soiling to rear board. A previous owner has handwritten notes in pen to the contents page and has also written the author's name on the title page. 115 pages plus 5 pages of advertisements. LIT/011813. Very Good.
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London: Elliott Stock, 1884. Hardcover. First Edition. Inscribed by the author to his friend Margaret Muir (known as Meta). This was Birrell’s first book of essays and brought him success as a writer. Birrell was a politican who served for several years as Secretary of Ireland. There is an interesting hand written sentence on the first page of the last chapter titled “Falstaff.” It says “It ain’t mine/A.B.” In very good condition in the original green cloth with gilt title and small rectangle gilt design to front cover. Spine faded and some bumping to spine and corners. Interior pages are clean with slight pulling away of rear hinge. A nice copy of this relatively scarce book. 234 pages. LIT/032111. Very Good.