SIGNED. An unusual piece, three works bound as one in a red leather and black buckram binding. To the front is a gift inscription from the author of the first work. This is “Tommy at the Zoo.” (published 1895) The second work is Louis Wain’s, “Miss Lovemouse’s Letters” The third is also by Louis Wain: “Puppy Dog’s Tales”. The latter two items were produced by Nelson in 1896. “Tommy at the Zoo” is written by A.S.M. Chester (Algernon Stewart Mackenzie Chester), and this combined work was gifted by him to three children: Jack, Tony and Nita Morris. The gift inscription to the inside board is dated Christmas 1895 (shortly before the books were published, so presumably from his author’s copies). This inscription is from “Mr Chester.” Each of the individual works has a pencilled gift inscription to the top of the title page from A.S.M.. The first to Tony, the second to Nita and the third to Jack. Given that the overall gift inscription is to the inside board of the binding, it would seem certain that Chester had named one for each of the children, but had the binding done himself before presenting the book to them.
Overall, this work is in excellent condition. The binding has some rubbing to the edges of the leather, with a little splitting there. The buckram is clean and tidy. Inside, each of the works are clean and tidy with minimal darkening. author’s ink inscription to the inside front board.
Author WAIN, Louis, CHESTER, A.S.M. & SHEPHERD, J. A.
Publisher T. Nelson and Sons, London
Condition Very good