London: Cassell and Company, . Large octavo. Gilt cloth. Spine very slightly cocked, otherwise a very good or better copy in lightly used, spine-sunned dust jacket. Item #WRCLIT85706
First edition. A presentation copy from Max Beerbohm to Siegfried Sassoon, inscribed in pencil on the half title: "Siegfried's copy - with apologies for some foolish footnotes by Max." The posthumous monogram label marking the 1991 library dispersal sale appears on the front pastedown. Sassoon and Beerbohm connected in the summer of 1916 via their mutual friend, Edmund Gosse. Their friendship flourished and in1938 Sassoon dedicated THE OLD CENTURY to Max. The inscription refers to Beerbohm's pencil comments, underscores and annotations on several pages (4, 6/7, 10, 34, 96, 132, and 133, at least), the most substantial of which consists of ten lines. For example, the concluding sentence on page 96, "If ever two men died of a broken heart they were Henry James and Ambassador Walter Hughes," has been extended by Beerbohm to conclude "who had only one heart between them, so no wonder it got broken." Other notes refer in sober terms to his disagreement with points in the text.