The House of Defence. E. F. BENSON, Edward Frederic.

The House of Defence

New York: Authors and Newspapers Association, 1906. First American Edition. A semi-fantastic romance (Bleiler-listed) of Christian Science and opium addiction, set among the British upper-crust. Includes four attractive plates after watercolors by H. Richard Boehm, including the much-admired female fly-fishing plate. Extremely attractive copy in the pictorial trade binding, which is signed with a monogram -- "H.B."? -- which we do not recognize, but may in fact be that of the book's illustrator, H. Richard Boehm (though we note no stylistic similarity between the illustrations and the cover design). BLEILER (Checklist, 1972) p.47. Octavo. Publisher's decorated cloth, stamped in colors on spine and front cover; 318pp + [2]pp publisher's ads. Inserted frontispiece, facsimile manuscript leaf, and three leaves of plates. Mild soil to endpapers; trifle rubbed at spine ends and board corners; still a straight, tight, Very Good to Near Fine copy. Printed publisher's statement to front pastedown; this copy with over-printed slug on title page: "L.F. Issing / Special Edition / For sale exclusively by us in Danbury, Conn."

Price: $60.00

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