This is the first of several 'scrapbooks' compiled by George Saintsbury and expressing his deeply conservative views in political and social matters, which display a class-based disdain for the welfare state and paupers. Our copy is interesting for the dedicatory letter, dated Dec/22, pencilled on the front endpaper, from Harold Rothery to 'My dear Sterndale', recommending the book as a good read over Christmas.
George Edward Bateman Saintsbury, FBA (1845-1933), was an English writer, literary historian, scholar, critic and wine connoisseur. His publications were numerous, on English and European literature, the history, theory and practice of criticism, and even an introduction to a 200-year old cookery book! As a wine buff, he is still commemorated at an annual dinner of the Saintsbury Club.
Our book is in good general condition, bound in slightly faded plum-coloured cloth with gilt title etc on the spine. Covers a little stained and age-worn, but very light wear to corners and top & tail of spine. All edges rough-cut. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright; no foxing apart from the title & halftitle pages, and the (uncut) pages of advertisements at the back. Free endpapers quite browned. Front endpaper inscribed in pencil with the aforementioned letter, and also two previous owners' names at the top of the front pastedown.