First Aldine edition of 1938, quarter bound in red leather
First edition thus (first printed in 1909, this the first Aldine Library edition), rebound in quarter leather with five raised bands and contrasting title labels with gilt titling to spine, red cloth boards, marbled endpapers. 21 × 13.5cm, x, 310pp
Edward Thomas' biographical study of fellow author Richard Jefferies. Thomas had been reading "lanky Dick" (as Jefferies was known) since he was a child, especially RJ's writings of Wiltshire, a place they both loved. Edward Thomas wrote to W H Hudson that he had produced a "wholly bad" work, and to Gordon Bottomley he wrote "Trying to mingle biography, criticism, and mere exposition of his matter, I have made confusion". This isn't the case at all. Richard Jefferies is a full and sensitive, loving yet discriminatingly critical account of one fine writer by another. As the critic Q D Leavis wrote "[His] is a model biography. The author is recognized as being present only by the sympathy that informs the narrative and the intelligence that directs the criticism and determines the selections."
A very good copy. There is one small dent to the bottom edge of the rear board but the leather clean and crisp. The pages are clean but with some spotted foxing to the edges, the binding is secure.
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