London: Chiswick Press/Constable & Company, Ltd., 1902/1918/1922. First Edition. Hardcover. Three small (@5" x 6-1/2") volumes in original cloth-backed boards with printed paper spine labels, housed in a blue cloth chemise and slipcase by Jas. MacDonald Co. The first volume is one of 300 copies printed. The second volume is the later trade edition of same. The first two volumes with the small bookplate of Maurice Baring on the front pastedowns. The first volume is INSCRIBED "Maurice Baring/from/Logan Pearsall Smith/May 15 1919" on the front endpaper. The second volume is SIGNED on the front endpaper "Logan Pearsall Smith/May 14 1919" and is followed by a HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT piece in four lines from the third volume, "In the Cage," with some changes of words: "'My own view is, my own view!'/I vociferate, as a parrot in the/great cage of the world, I hop/screeching, 'My own view is!' from/perch to perch." Minor soiling, the third volume largely unopened. Close to Fine in custom slipcase. Item #020759
Maurice Baring was a dramatist, poet, novelist, translator, essayist, travel writer, and war correspondent. The protagonist of G. K. Chesterton's collection of detective stories THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, Horne Fisher, is said to be based on Baring.