HUDSON, W. H. (1841-1922). The Land's End: A Naturalist's Impressions in West Cornwall. London: Hutchinson, 1908. 8°, plates and line drawings. Original cloth gilt (very slight discolouration to rear cover). PRESENTATION COPY TO F.M. HUEFFER, inscribed on front free endpaper, "Ford Madox Hueffer from W.H. Hudson". FIRST EDITION.
HUDSON, W.H. Letters from W. H. Hudson to Edward Garnett. London: Dent, 1925. 8°, frontispiece portrait. Original cloth, dust-jacket (tears and minor losses to jacket). PRESENTATION COPY FROM EDWARD TO OLIVE GARNETT, inscribed on front free endpaper, "Olive from Edward Feb. 1925" -- subsequently presented by Olive Garnett to Elsie Hueffer, and further inscribed "Elsie from Olive, Xmas 1937". FIRST TRADE EDITION.
The American naturalist, W. H. Hudson, was for a time a near neighbour of the Hueffers in Winchelsea, and one of the community of largely foreign writers, also including Henry James, Conrad and Stephen Crane, whom H. G. Wells dubbed "a ring of conspirators". In Return to Yesterday (1931, p. 21), Ford paid tribute to "those four men -- three Americans and one Pole" who "lit in those days in England a beacon that posterity shall not easily let die. You have only got to consider how empty, how lacking a nucleus, English literature would today be if they had never lived, to see how discerning were Mr. Wells' views of that foreign penetration at the most vulnerable point of England's shores." Hudson contributed to the first number of The English Review in December, 1908, as did James and Conrad. (2)