1897 Scarce 1stED Book - The One-Eyed Griffin and other Fairy Stories by Herbert Escott Inman. Illustrated.
Author: Herbert Escott Inman. (Illustrator, E. A. Mason).
Title: The One-Eyed Griffin and other Fairy Stories.
Publisher: London, Frederick Warne, no date (circa 1897). First Edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 8 " X 6 ".
Pages: xii-353 pages + catalogue.
Binding: Attractive and good original fully decorated cloth binding (overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare foxing and staining, small tear to the frontispiece's protective tissue guard, bookplate of Kathleen Irene Nixon to the flyleaf. She was a noted illustrator of children's books in the first part of the twentieth century and loosely inserted in the book is a small & beautiful drawing almost certainly by her; it shows a young girl on one knee with a flight of small fluttering fairies - as shown). Upper edge gilt.
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated by E. A. Mason.
Estimate: (Scarce with practically no other copy available worldwide).
The book: Attractive and scarce First edition of the One-Eyed Griffin and other Fairy Stories. A rare find in any condition!
The author: Herbert Escott Inman (1860–1915) was a British author of fairy tales and boys' adventure and school stories. He also wrote an account of the shipwreck of the Dundonald off Disappointment Island in 1907. He was born in Paddington, London, the second son of Robert Ford Inman (a clerk in an accountants office) and his wife Ann (née Bott). In the 1881 Census, the family is shown as living in West Ham and Herbert working as a chemist's assistant.
He married Clarissa Elizabeth Long in 1881 and had three children: Ivy Clarice, Herbert Ford and Frederick Seymour, all born in Dulwich. In the 1891 Census the family is shown as living in Camberwell, South London, and Inman is listed as a chemist's assistant and a Baptist Minister. In the 1901 Census he is listed as a Baptist minister and author.Inman went on to write romance stories for the Sunday Companion paper. He also wrote Sexton Blake stories for the Union Jack paper in 1913–1914 which introduce the character of Henri 'The Snake' Garrock. He died in 1915, at Herne Hill, aged 54. His son Herbert Ford Inman also became a writer.
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