Irene Iddesleigh.: Ros, Amanda McKittrick.

Irene Iddesleigh.

Ros, Amanda McKittrick.

Published by Nonesuch Press, London, 1926
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Nonesuch printing of the first novel from an Irish author who made a career out of being critically savaged for her florid and improbably alliterative prose. Anna Margaret Ross, who wrote under the "Ros" pseudonym, first published this tragic novel about a doomed marriage at her own expense in 1897; Mark Twain called it "one of the greatest unintentionally hilarious novels of all time," and to this day it continues to be featured on lists of the worst books ever written. "This edition follows exactly the text of the original Belfast issue of 1897 except that certain misprints have been corrected," according to the edition statement; the text is ornamented with reproductions of the original => three wood engravings by W.M.R. Quick. The present example is numbered copy 719 of 1250 printed. Provenance: Calligraphic bookplate of Norman J. Sondheim, American collector of fine press books. 12mo (20 cm, 7.9"). 151, [1] pp.; illus. McKitterick/Rendall/Dreyfus 33. Publisher's half sheep and pink, red, and brown mottled paper?covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title; spine gently sunned, extremities a bit rubbed. Front pastedown with bookplate as above; light foxing to endpapers, with a very few faint spots elsewhere. Lovely Nonesuch production of a "must read it to believe it" novel!. Bookseller Inventory # 32039

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Title: Irene Iddesleigh.

Publisher: Nonesuch Press, London

Publication Date: 1926

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