The Naturalist on the Thames (Signed copy)
Signed with notes by the illustrator, Lancelot Speed
First edition, hardback bound in the original burgundy cloth with gilt titling and design to spine and upper board. 23 × 14.5cm, viii + 260pp, ads.
This copy has been signed and dedicated by the illustrator, Lancelot Speed, to the front pastedown, with notes on where the drawings are of. "To Ruth Gausson, Nov, 1902 from Lancelot Speed. Drawing done at Burnham on Crouch and 2 Grays Inn Square. The big willow on p37 is in the cricket field at BoC, the man is a local on p205. [He] is the old ferryman at Chiswick. I first of all drew a manatee thinking it the same as a grampus. Mistake discovered by Cornish just in time".
A battered but charming book about the natural life and sport of the Thames. Lancelot Speed contributes the frontispiece and three plates. The other illustrations are contemporary photographs.
Poor condition. The boards are heavily scratched (especially to the rear board) and there is a taped repair to the title page binding. The pages are lightly foxed throughout but all plates are present and nice to the have the Speed inscription.