London / New York: The Heritage Press, . 23.5x14.5cm: xxxi, 331pp. Lithographs by Barnett Freedman. Quarter bound red cloth boards with gilt ruling and illustrations on front and back. Gilt lettering along spine. Beautifully illustrated endpapers and preliminaries. A ‘With compliments of George Macy’ card laid in. Slight sunning to spine. Ex Libris bookplate of John Francis Neylan, designed by William H. Wilke and printed by John Henry Nash, affixed to front pastedown. Housed in a slightly rubbed black slipcase with some wear to corners. Fine in a Near Fine slipcase.
John Francis Neylan (1885-1960) was a notable and well-connected San Francisco lawyer who held several key political appointments. Neylan was appointed as Chairman of the State (California) Board of Control and assisted in drawing up the state’s first budget. In 1928, he was also appointed to the Board of Regents of the University of California, an appointment he held for almost three decades. In the 1920s, William Randolph Hearst, the infamous newspaper publisher and influencer of American journalism, tapped Neylan to serve as general counsel for all of Hearst’s enterprises.
A beautiful copy of this English literature classic.