London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1889. From the Bart Auerbach Collection. 8vo. Original tan cloth, the front cover blocked in black and gilt to a "light and shadow" motif. Spine darkened and rubbed with a small tear, corners slightly worn, inner hinges tender. Item #409169
First edition. The dedication copy to his father Richard Garnett, inscribed on the half-title: "R. Garnett from his son the Author. October 1889." The printed dedication is simply "To My Father." Dr. Richard Garnett (1885-1906), a prolific author, spent all of his working life in the library of the British Museum, becoming Keeper of Printed Books in 1890, a position he held until his retirement in 1899. "Edward Garnett (1869-1937) became a publisher's reader (or editor) at the age of 19 and followed that profession until his death 50 years later... becoming the intimate friend and advisor of many writers including Conrad, Hudson, Galsworthy, D. H. Lawrence, and T. E. Lawrence" ('The Garnetts: A Literary Family. An Exhibition', HRC, Univ. of Texas, 1959, p. 3). Not in Wolff, although another work of Garnett's fiction, 'The Paradox Club' (1888), is. (BA) With the bookplate of David Garnett.