AN ENGLISHWOMAN'S LOVE-LETTERS.
London.John Murray. 1901. [iv], 322pp. Original paper-covered boards gilt, imitating vellum; ribbons ties. Octavo. Fifth printing. Marion H. Spielmann's copy with her bookplate to the front fixed endpaper. Hinges cracked; ribbons absent; boards lightly soiled. Glued to the free endpaper is a note in Marion Spielmann's husband's hand: 'Laurence Housman - already a friend - presented me with this volume some time before its publication, informing me that it was one of 4 or 5 of such gifts that he was making - with strict request that his authorship should be kept absolutely secret. he explained, that his idea was to test his belief that his anonymity would be respected even though several would know the truth. The secret, I believe was kept. But my wife, who read the book, declared almost at the beginning - " I am certain that these are not 'An English-woman's Love Letters' - no woman could have written them." I expressed my interest in her opinion - but of course gave no hint of the real fact. (1901). M. H. Spielmann. Loosely inserted is a two page letter from Housmann to Mr. Spielmann, dated 1901, which largely discusses the availability of his drawings. However, the last paragraph reads: 'The 'quaint rumour' you refer to amuses but does not disturb me.' Perhaps this refers to the identity of the writer of the book.As this copy is a reprint, it seems that Mr. Spielmann must be confusing this copy with another.