London, South Kensington
30 November 2005
MACLAREN-ROSS, Julian. Better than a Kick in the Pants. Short Stories. London: Lawson & Dunn, 1945. 8°. Half title. Original khaki cloth, spine lettered in yellow, dust-jacket (minor loss to head and foot of backstrip, edges lightly rubbed, a few nicks). FIRST EDITION, WITH AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION SLIP PASTED IN. The slip reads: "For Fay & Herman Rappaport with (belated, I fear) Good Wishes for 1955. From Julian Maclaren-Ross."
Sold with the lot is a 2-page typed letter, signed, from the author to Herman Rappaport, dated 2.3.55, discussing the possibility of being published in America, the publication of The Weeping and the Laughter and requesting that 3 books by Dashiell Hammett be sent to him.
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