SOMERVILLE, E. OE, and ROSS, Martin [pseud. MARTIN, Violet]

Dan Russel The Fox

London: Methuen, 1911

Small 8vo, pp. 340, 31pp. publisher's advertisements bound in at rear. Original tan illustrated boards, lettered in black to front panel and gilt to spine. Feather motif in white to front panel and spine. Leading and lower edges uncut. Offsetting to endpapers, 1cm split to head of spine, lettering to front panel a little rubbed, but a well preserved copy.

First edition, INSCRIBED AT HALF-TITLE TO EDITH SOMERVILLE'S NIECE: 'To K[atharine]. C[oghill]. with love from the authors, E. OE. S. and V.M. Christmas. 1911.' (Inscription in Edith Somerville's hand.)

Edith Somerville [1858-1949] and her writing partner, her cousin Violet Martin ('Martin Ross') [1862-1915] are best known for writing the Irish R.M. stories together. In an author's note to Elizabeth Hudson's bibliography of the couple's work, Somerville writes of this book: 'Martin Ross and I have written many times of hunting in Ireland, but in this story, above all others, we have told, faithfully, and with the emotion of enthusiasts, of the sport that we knew and loved, what time my brother Aylmer, and I, successively -- and I think I may add successfully -- Mastered the West Carberry Foxhounds.'

Scarce inscribed, and here offered with an excellent family association.

Keywords: Edith SOMERVILLE Violet MARTIN Martin ROSS"

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