8vo, pp. xix, 450, with a portrait-frontispiece and ten plates; illustrations in the text; some scattered light foxing, short tears in fore-edges of a few leaves (not affecting text); original maroon buckram-backed boards; extremities rubbed, spine sunned; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).
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George Borrow and his circle. Wherein may be found many hitherto unpublished letters of Borrow and his friends.
First edition. Shorter was the founder of The Sphere and The Tatler. His popularizing biography of Borrow makes use of thencetofore unpublished correspondence once in the possession of Borrow’s step-daughter.
Collie & Fraser K.8; Wise III, 11.
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