Aphorisms on Authors and Their Ways (Signed copy)
Initialled by Augustine Birrell, privately printed, 100 copies only.
First and only edition, limited to 100 copies. Hardback bound in paper covered boards with title label to spine and upper board. 20 × 13.5cm, 60pp.
Initialled by Augustine Birrell to the ffep, "A.S.T [?] from A.B. Christmas 1917".
Full title: Aphorisms on Authors and Their Ways; with some General Observations on the Humours, Habits, and Methods of Composition of Poets—Good, Bad, and Indifferent. Diligently Collected from Johnson's "Lives"
Augustine Birrell has trawled Samuel Johnson's Live of the Poet and has extracted short, pithy comments about various poets (Pope, Milton, Dryden etc), for example "Occasional Poetry... must content itself with occasional praise" and "On the Poet Thomson's Liberty... 'Liberty' when it first appeared, I tried to read it and soon desisted. I have never tried again".
A good copy. The covers are slightly rubbed with a few small dents to the edges, heavier wear to the spine. Some light tanning to the endpapers and to the untrimmed page edges. The main body of text is in good order.