London: Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd., 1911. Gilt cloth. Minor wear, corners bumped, gutter of endsheet abraded (from the mounted letter - see below), otherwise a good copy. Item #WRCLIT64092
First edition. The first novel by this prolific fiction writer, described by Kunitz and Haycraft "as essential a part of the social education of the young generation of the early 1900's as were the novels of H.G. Wells." Paul Lemperly's copy with his bookplate, which is signed by the author in a space provided for that purpose, on the front pastedown. Mounted to the front free endsheet is an a.l.s. (one page, 4to, The Cabin, Westcott's Quay, St. Ives, Cornwall, 25 August 1912) from Beresford to Lemperly reading: "Dear Sir, Thank you for your kind letter & interest in my work. I have not published any novel other than the three you mention, but another (not the Jacob Stahl volume) is, I believe, coming out fairly soon, & I will, I hope, be, also, fathered by an American publisher. I enclose the bookplate, signed, as per request." NCBEL IV:526.