PERCY AND OTHERS: SKETCHES MAINLY REPRINTED FROM "PUNCH." London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., . Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-vi [vii-viii] 1-304 + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "6/5/14" at end inserted at rear, original decorated blue cloth, all panels stamped in black, pale blue coated endpapers. First edition. A variant binding (not described by Turner) possibly done for a UK lending library (we have seen similar bindings on other books published during this period). Collects twenty-nine humorous stories, all first published in PUNCH, many with slender elements of fantasy (talking animals and objects, etc.). One of Anstey's more uncommon books, probably a victim of World War I paper drives. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978), Day, Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature, or Reginald (1979; 1992). Turner 30. Signed and dated 5 February 1919 on front free endpaper. Faint sunning to spine panel, several stains to edges of front endpapers, a very good copy overall, square and internally clean. (#128509).
"First published in 1915" on copyright page.