James, M.R.

THE COLLECTED GHOST STORIES OF M. R. JAMES - INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION

Published: Arnold

Date: 1931

First edition. Original black cloth lettered in gilt. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front end paper, "G.McB from M.R.J ap. mdccccxxxi".

Note
Gwendolyn McBryde was the widow of James McBryde, M.R. James's great friend, student and protégé and the illustrator of James's first book, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. McBryde died in 1904 of complications following an appendix operation and James became the legal guardian to the McBryde's young daughter, Jane, and a lifelong friend of McBryde's widow. James remained close to the McBrydes throughout his life and was a frequent visitor when they moved to Hertfordshire. Both the McBryde's Elizabethan house, Dippersmoor, and surrounding countryside were used by James in his stories. M.R. James presentation copies are of the utmost rarity and almost never appear in commerce.

Condition
A very good copy indeed, bright and crisp with some minor marks to the covers.

£2500

Offered by Jonkers Rare Books