pictorial cloth, some rubbing, First American Editions, SIGNED BY MASEFIELD on inside front cover and also on "Compliments" slip pasted in, with 2 clippings pasted in; together 2 vols., 8vo, original bindings." /> MASEFIELD, JOHN. Salt-Water Ballads, London: Grant Richards, 1902, <I>royal blue buckram, t.e.g., others uncut, cloth slipcase</I>, FIRST EDITION of the author's first book, one of 500 copies, FIRST ISSUE (a portion of the edition appeared later with a cancelled title-page bearing the Elkin Mathews imprint), a fine copy with spine unfaded. A handful of copies are known in a trial binding of midnight-blue buckram. Laid is is an autograph letter signed from Masefield to Sir Sidney Colvin, London, 30 January 1912, <I>1 1/2 pages, 8vo</I>: "Thank you very much for telling me of Mr. [Hugh] Walpole's address: I will write to him. It is very good of you to ask me to lunch with you when I am next at the [British] Museum..."; Another edition, New York, 1916, <I>pictorial cloth, some rubbing</I>, First American Editions, SIGNED BY MASEFIELD on inside front cover and also on "Compliments" slip pasted in, with 2 clippings pasted in; <I>together 2 vols., 8vo, original bindings.</I> | Christie's