Edinburgh: Patrick Geddes & Colleagues, 1895. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Near Fine. Item #10971
No date, c. 1895, 1st edition? A Near Fine copy. 12mo., xvi, 149 pp., with 7 pages of ads at the rear. Blue cloth with gilt devices and titles, top edge gilt. Near Fine, leaves slightly tanned, one leaf has a large tear but closes with no loss, beautiful small Stedman book plate. Stamped and canceled ( Dec. 15, 1897 ) envelope addressed to Edmund Clarence Stedman affixed to front end paper containing a two page autograph letter signed from Fiona Macleod to Stedman care of Miss Rea, apologizing that her illness has delayed this note and thanking Stedman for sending her his book, what pleasure it gave her and that she likes all his books and feels, since she has heard so much of him from a common friend, that they too are friends. She also states she's enclosing a Gaelic Christmas greeting card and wishing him a Happy Year ending with'Sincerely Yours Fiona Macleod". Fiona Macleod was of course William Sharp and the Miss Rea the letter is sent in care of was a secretary with the Columbia Literary Agency who Sharp would depend on greatly as his illness worsened. Sharp would dictate letters to his sister Mary Beatrice who would write them so as to present a feminine hand.