Chicago: Independent Publishing Company [self-published], 1909. Cloth. 8vo. Publisher's illustrated cloth. Gilt top edge. Frontispiece and several illustrated plates. 461 pp.
Very minor edge wear. Previous owner's name inside front cover. Excellent condition. Author's note laid in.
This is an odd semi-autobiographical, allegorical novel written by Irish-American bookseller James Howard Mortimer. Mortimer was a British army officer, a rare book dealer, and a somewhat prolific self-publisher from his Chicago home.
This copy comes with a very endearing personal note from the author laid in: "The author would deem it a favor if you would write him a personal letter, giving your honest opinion of the merits or demerits of this book, because he is about to commence another, and, being human, would like to know how his work is appreciated." The author's Chicago home address is printed below. We recommend Tweeting to your favorite comtemporary authors, as they, being human, are likely curious about the merits and demerits of their latest book. Fine. Item #1680