Item #409166 The Heart of the Country. A Survey of a Modern Land. Ford Madox FORD, formerly Ford Hermann Hueffer.
The Heart of the Country. A Survey of a Modern Land
The Heart of the Country. A Survey of a Modern Land
Dedication Copy

The Heart of the Country. A Survey of a Modern Land

London: Alston Rivers, 1906. From the Bart Auerbach Collection. 8vo . O riginal dark red buckram, gilt-lettered and stamped, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. T op of spine chipped, splits in outer hinges – but a sound copy. Item #409166

First edition. The dedication copy, inscribed on publication day by Ford on the front free endpaper: "Henry James, Esq. / affectionately from / Ford Madox Hueffer / 9th May MCMVI." The printed dedication is "To Henry James." Ford first met James in 1896, but it was not until 1901 when he moved to Winchelsea, within walking distance of James' home in Rye, that the two became better acquainted. Ford revered the older writer and in his ' Henry James: a Critical Study ' (1914) wrote: "…Mr. James is the greatest of living writers and in consequence, for me, the greatest of living men."

' The Heart of the Country ' is the middle volume, consisting of essays about the English countryside, in Ford's "Englishness" trilogy published by Alston Rivers, which also includes The Soul of London (1905) and The Spirit of the People (1907). A wonderful association copy, linking the two major novelists. A copy of the first edition of James's 'English Hours' inscribed by the author to Ford, Rye, 7 Nov. 1905, was on the market in the past decade. From the Edward Naumburg, Jr., Ford Madox Ford collection. Harvey A1Ta (noting this copy). (BA).

Price: $10,000.00