London: S. W. Partridge & Co, (1927, from inscription).
12 plates. 336, 32, ads pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Original pictorial red cloth. Front inner joint cracked, spine ends bumped. Item #63149
Adcock was the Editor of "the Bookman". He has written a lengthy note on front free endpaper , explaining part of the genesis of the novel: "This was written in my predancing [?] days when money was not plentiful -- with me. It was commissioned by Partridges who stipulated that it should run to about 80,000 words, but should be so written that I could mark with red ink passages amounting in all to (I think) 30000 words that could be omitted, so that the shorter version could run as a serial in their magazine, the British Workman. For the character of Mr. Sapp, and every peculiarity I have given him, I had a model in real life. I used only a few disguises. His real name gave him the initials G. R. S., and his boast was that they were the same initials as George R. Sims, to whom, he intimates he was distantly related. Mr. Jowry again had a model in real live [sic], even to the donkey and barrow episode and the use of his college colours./ St. John Adcock/ December 1927/
"I have dropped the A. from the beginning of my name because I have a daughter (Almey St. John Adcock) who in the past few years has written much for the magazines and published four novels and though she always uses her first name in full, the similarity caused occasional confusion -- so I surrenders the first initial to her."
Though the condition of the book leaves something to be desired, the inscription alone is most interesting.
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