Old Calabria
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London: Martin Secker. 1915.

First edition. 8vo. pp. vi, [ii], 352, 16pp complete 1915 catalogue of books from Martin Secker. 31 full page black and white photographs. Original green cloth with gilt snake design on upper cover and lettered in gilt to upper cover and spine. Presentation copy "To Edward Clodd: my Well-beloved from his loving disciple and wife. P.M.C". This is Phyllis Maud Clodd (née Rope) who was Clodd's second wife, having been his secretary. Tipped in letter from Norman Douglas to Edward Clodd dated 13th August 1915 on headed note paper from "The English Review". The letter runs to 77 words and begins with Douglas saying how pleased he is to have heard that Clodd liked "Old Calabria". He goes on to say that had he known this earlier, he would have visited Clodd in Aldeburgh where Douglas had been staying only two weeks earlier. Edward Clodd was a London banker but spent much of his time in Aldeburgh where he gathered around him, at celebrated Whitsun weekend parties, groups of artists, writers and intellectuals. In addition to Douglas's letter, the book has been annotated in a few places by Clodd in pencil and black ink. Newspaper cuttings about Douglas pasted in and loosely inserted. Very slight bumping to head and foot of spine and slight bubbling to covers and there is some foxing but otherwise a very good copy of a scarce book.