First impressions in America[.] By John Ayscough (The Right Reverend Monsignor Count Francis Bickerstaffe-Drew). London: John Long, Limited 12, 13 & 14 Norris Street, Haymarket, MCMXXI . 22x13.4 cm, pp. [1-2: blank] [3-8] 9-318 [319-320: blank], inserted frontispiece (photographic portrait of the author), original blue cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge stained blue, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. Rt Rev Msgr Francis Bickerstaffe-Drew (1858-1928), British novelist and Roman Catholic priest, served as a chaplain in the British Army for more than thirty years. Following his retirement from the Army, on 11 February 1919, he and his cousin, left home for America on 31 March 1919. Their short trip to the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees and Yosemite Valley is described on pages 155-159. Lunch at Miami Lodge, overnight at Wawona Hotel, several days in Yosemite Valley where cousin ascended to Glacier Point and Ayscough walked about in the valley, including a visit to Mirror Lake. Lending library label affixed to the rear paste-down. Cloth dull and a bit discolored, a sound, good copy. (#166583).
"Copyright in the United States of America, 1921" on copyright page. "John Long, Ltd., Publishers, London, 1921" on page 318.