First Edition of Max Beerbohm's
Max Beerbohm. The Happy Hypocrite. A Fairy Tale for
Tired Men. New York and London: John Lane, The
Bodley Head, 1897. "Bodley Booklets Number One."
First edition with colophon dated "December, mdcccxcvi" in an early
state wrapper with the period after the "Number One." (Gallatin
& Oliver, p. 8). 53 pages and colophon. Deckled fore-edges.
Title page in black and red. Green pictorial wraps housed in a
custom made quarter leather and cloth slip case with five raised
bands gilt title, author, and rules in compartments, "London 1897"
at foot of case's spine. Slip case rubbed at extremities. Paper
wraps are detached, small tears and chipping around the edges,
creases and corner bends, lightly soiled and scuffed; spine paper
loss, text block with upper right corner bend and small indentation
in the lower margin; occasional foxing, smudges, and dampstains in
the margins, else a good copy of the first edition in detached
wraps. From the Collection of Ellis MacGregor Pryce-Jones.
The Happy Hypocrite
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