London, South Kensington
7 June 2005
HUEFFER, Ford Madox (1873-1939). An English Girl. A Romance. London: Methuen, 1907. 8° (slight spotting). Original cloth (corners worn, spine discoloured, some spotting on covers). PRESENTATION COPY to "Elsie Hueffer from her affte [sic] husband the Author 4 Septr MCMVII" (inscription on front free endpaper). A pencil mark on p.94 highlights: "It was rather a sort of intonation -- a faint something -- a querulousness! That was it. They seemed all, always, to be complaining, not so much in words as in the tones of their voices. It reminded her -- with a quite startling vividness -- of ladies at home who could not get servants 'to stay'."
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTED TO ELSIE HUEFFER. "Despite certain lapses, An English Girl has a breadth of conception and seriousness of purpose that none of his earlier books possessed ... Although technically inferior to the Fifth Queen series, the novel is more sustained than anything he had hitherto written. In short, An English Girl, which Conrad thought in many ways 'magnificent', is Ford's first serious novel of contemporary life" (Frank MacShane, The Life and Work of Ford Madox Ford, 1965, p. 72). Harvey A22.
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