London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1896. Item #04417
The Third Book Wholly Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. MERRIMAN, Henry Seton and S.G. Tallentyre. The Money-Spinner, and Other Character Notes by Henry Seton Merriman and S.G. Tallantyre. With twelve illustrations by Arthur Rackham. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1896.
First edition of the third book (preceded by The Dolly Dialogues and The Zankiwank and the Bletherwitch) entirely illustrated by Rackham, and very scarce in collectible condition.
Octavo. (7 9/16 x 5 inches; 192 x 127 mm). x, 242, [2, adv.] pp. Twelve black and white plates, including frontispiece.
Publisher's red cloth, front cover and spine lettered in gilt, original black coated end-papers. inner hinges very slightly cracked but absolutely sound, minimal fading to spine, otherwise an unusually bright and fresh copy.
"These character notes were first published in the Cornhill Magazine during 1893, 1894, and 1895. Of these sketches, originally intended to be written in collaboration, a minority only are from the pen of H.S. Merriman." (Preface).
Henry Seton Merriman was the pseudonym for Hugh Stowell Scott (1862-1903) a prominent English novelist whose most successful novel was The Sowers (1896), which went through thirty UK editions.
S.G. Tallentyre was the pseudonym of historian Evelyn Beatrice Hall (1868-1956) an English writer best known for her biography entitled The Life of Voltaire, first published in 1903. She also wrote The Friends of Voltaire, which she completed in 1906. Together with Henry Seton Merriman she also wrote From Wisdom Court in 1896.
Latimore and Haskell pp. 7-8; Hudson p. 166; Riall, p.17.