“THE LIFE AND HUMORS OF HIS NATIVE VILLAGE”: ILLUSTRATED LIMITED EDITION OF AULD LICHT IDYLLS, 1895, SIGNED BY J.M. BARRIE AND ARTIST WILLIAM HOLE, HANDSOMELY BOUND
BARRIE, J.M. Auld Licht Idylls. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1895. Quarto, early 20th-century full polished maroon calf gilt, raised bands, brown morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. $2500.
Limited signed edition (tenth overall) of Barrie’s collected sketches rural Scottish village life, number 77 of 550 copies signed by both Barrie and illustrator William Hole, handsomely bound by Root & Son.
Originally penned for the London evening paper the St James' Gazette, Barrie's engaging descriptions of "the life and humors of his native village, idealized as 'Thrums'" (Britannica), reflect not only his own childhood observations but also his mother's fond memories of pre-industrial Scotland. These winsome stories are among Barrie's earliest published writings, gems from his literary apprenticeship; they helped establish him as "fashionable and best-selling" (Carpenter & Prichard, 46), and paved the way for the novels and plays—especially those starring his most famous character, Peter Pan—that won him enduring fame. First published 1888. This edition illustrated with title page vignette and 17 full-page engraved plates by William Hole, "best known as an illustrator of Scottish subjects" (Houfe, 178). Binding misdated 1905. Original cloth bound in.
Interior crisp and clean. Joints expertly repaired and restored. An elegant signed copy.