1889 Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
The first edition, first issue, with 'Quay Street' and no street number on the title page and the thirty-seven item 'Bristol Library' catalogue on verso of final text leaf.
With vignette illustrations throughout from Arthur Frederics.
A comic novel detailing a two-week boating holiday along the Thames, this beloved work was intended to be a travel guide, but the comedic style and lengthy sentimental passages undermined this. With the comedic elements praised as still relevant in the modern day, the work has been adapted numerous times.
With three pages of advertisements to the rear, and to the rear pastedown.
With the inscription of Galfrid Leslie Melville and Victor Leslie Melville, dated 1911, to the half title.
In the publisher's original cloth binding. Bumping to back strip head and tail, with a touch of fading to rear pastedown. Light damp staining to rear board. Front hinge significantly strained, and weakly held by one cord only. Lacking front free endpaper. Inscription to half title. Internally, binding lightly strained, with one gathering working loose. Pages generally clean and bright.
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