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Seven For A Secret. 1922 First Edition. Inscribed to sister-in-law

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Mary Webb. Seven for a Secret. London: Hutchinson & Co., 1922. First edition. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “Mary Shelley / from / Mary Webb / with love / Oct: 28th 1922. / 46. B. Leinster Square.” Henry Webb had two sisters (Ethel and Mary) and one brother (Tom). Biographers record that his mother and his sister Ethel disliked Henry’s choice of bride and felt that Mary Webb, with her unconventional ways, was injurious to Henry’s social standing. Mary Shelley was Henry Webb’s other sister. The relationship between the two sisters-in-law is unrecorded, but the fact that Webb presented her first novel, The Golden Arrow(1916), to her sister-in-law and husband upon publication, and this, her fourth novel, to her sister-in-law six years later indicates at least some degree of continuing relationship and civility.