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Shropshire Haunts Of Mary Webb.  Foreword dated 1937

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W. Byford-Jones, The Shropshire Haunts of Mary Webb. Shrewsbury, Wilding & Son, Ltd. [n.d., but with a foreword dated November 1937]. First edition, in dust jacket. This volume was written for “Mary Webb Pilgrims” wishing to visit Shropshire and experience the magical environment that inspired Webb to write her fiction. Tucked into the book is a 5″ x 3½″ advertisement for the book; the verso reads: “GREETINGS from Shrewsbury to The Friends of ‘The Gustine Courson Weaver Mary Webb Shrine’ located in State Historical Museum, Teachers’ College, Denton, Texas, U.S.A.” Also in the book is a reprinted newspaper article from the Campus Chat, North Texas State Teachers College, Denton, Texas, and dated (in ink) “April 14–[19]38.” Henry Webb had reportedly referred to Gustine Courson Weaver, an early collector and Mary Webb enthusiast, as “The Cotton Dolly from the States.” With the bookplate of Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr.