Songs from the Downs and Dunes (Signed copy)
Signed by the author to Edith Nesbit, author of The Railway Children
First edition, hardback with gilt titling to spine and upper board. 19.5 × 13cm. xii, 95pp.
This copy belonged to Edith Nesbit (of Railway Chldren fame) and has been signed by the author to her directly to the ffep, "To Mrs E Nesbit Bland with kind regards from Habberton Lulham". Edith Nesbit married Hubert Bland in 1877.
A series of poems, including a long (18 page) poem about the Sussex South Downs.
Unfortunately, this is quite a poor copy with heavy rubbing to the cloth binding and the inner binding in a poor state. A few pages are detached (printed dedication and contents page) and several others nearly detached. The pages are clean though foxed a little to the edges. Of chief interest is that this book belonged to one of the most popular writers of children fiction in Edwardian England.
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