MCCARTHY, Justin; Mrs Campbell Praed; Mortimer Menpes. The Grey River. London: Seeley and Co. Limited., 1899.
Folio. Publisher's buckram cloth, front board lettered and ruled in gilt; edges untrimmed; pp. iv, 87; with 12 plates of signed sepia dry-point etchings by Menpes; light rubbing to extremities, and creasing to tail of spine; a little sunning to spine, with marks to both boards and spine; discolouration to endpapers; ownership inscription in ink to front fly-leaf; a few spots throughout; very light offsetting from plates, a very good copy of this exceptionally rare work on London.
First edition. A print run limited to 230 copies, 30 copies for presentation, this being No. 101. This volume contains 12 wonderful illustrations, each signed by the artist. The accompanying text provides a poetic and nuanced impression of London.
'As [the authors] came to know London, each in his and her way, the wonder grew and strengthened. There was a richness greater than they had dreamed of … only the phrase 'falling in love' expresses this first realisation of London' (p. 2).