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The Golden Arrow. 1916 First Edition. Inscribed to sister-in-law and husband

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Mary Webb. The Golden Arrow. London: Constable & Company Ltd., 1916. First edition. Inscribed on front free endpaper: “Mary & Shelley / with love from the author / Spring Cottage / Lyth Hill / September 1916.” The third and fourth lines of the inscription are written in different ink, and may have been added at a later time. At the bottom of the endpaper is written: “6 Mitre [?] Court Buildings. / Temple.” Mary Webb presented this volume to her sister-in-law and husband (an attorney familiarly addressed by his last name, Shelley) while family relations were still civil. Henry’s mother and sisters disliked Mary’s influence on their son and brother and felt that Mary’s lack of class consciousness debased Henry. In their view, Henry, as a gentleman and published Cambridge graduate, was above growing his own food and selling the excess at a local market stall (Coles, The Flower of Light, 1978, p. 147). With the bookplate of Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr.