London: Jonathan Cape, (1923). First edition. Hardcover. 294 pp., octavo, black cloth spine, green boards, printed spine label, jacket. Advance review copy with publisher's slip laid in. Item #23000
Coppard's fourth book, containing the short stories The Black Dog; Alas, Poor Bollington!; The Ballet Girl; Simple Simon; The Tiger; Mordecai and Cocking; The Man from Kilsheelan; Tribute; The Handsom Lady; The Fancy Dress Ball; The Cat, The Dog, and the Bad Old Dame; The Wife of Ted Wickham; Tanil; The Devil in the Churchyard; Huxley Rustem; Big Game; The Poor Man; and Luxury. This copy INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR: "For Wilbur Macy Stone of U.S.A. In whom kindness is instructive, & forbearance a pleasure. There is nothing so hard to repay as simple kindness & so I am still his debtor. [signed] A. E. Coppard, Diano Marina, 14th March 1931 (and a cold windy day by the choice of God)." Wilbur Macy Stone was a bibliophile and collector, as well as author of a handful of books on bookplates, bibles, miniatures, etc. There was no limited edition of this title published. From the library of John K. Martin (of Black Sparrow Press) with his small exlibris label to rear pastedown.