London and New York: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1898. First Edition, Author’s Own Copy. Hardcover octavo (17 x 12cm), pp. , 98,  + 12 pages of publisher’s advertising; navy cloth covered boards with red lettering on the spine and front cover, red and white illustration on the spine and red, green and white illustrated front cover.
Head and tail pushed and abraded; joints lightly rubbed; a 25 x 10mm vertical patch of light rubbing halfway down the spine; tender at the front joint; shallow dings to each of the top edges and on the bottom edge of the rear board, bottom edge gently rubbed; corners gently bruised and rubbed; minor scratches and faint rubbing to covers, lettering and illustration are mostly bright, a gentle 85mm vertical bend to rear board has left a visible crease on the back cover and a faint tear on the rear paste down; edges of text block are lightly toned and all leaves have been opened; untrimmed; front endpapers separating at the hinge, first paste-down bears previous owner’s inscription (read below for further details of provenance), two 1mm spots and one 6mm spot (mirrored on ffep) and previous seller’s sticker (which has caused toning to ffep); ffep has gentle creasing, a small amount of residue from the apparent removal of a bookplate and the bottom 25mm of the page has split from the gutter; faint thumb prints on the bottom of page 1 and tops of pages 65 & 66; pencil notation ‘48’ on page 17; lfep has light spotting and two horizontal blocks of white out measuring 5 x 25mm and 5 x 45mm at the top of the page; pages are otherwise mostly clean with light age toning, slightly heavier at outer margins and very occasional creasing. Item #953
Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) was an English writer. Best known for his novels, he also worked in theatre, film, propaganda and, of course, journalism. Over the course of his lifetime, Bennet became a prolific novelist. Journalism for Women was only his second publication and therefore the list of works by the same author that appear opposite the title page in this book include only his first novel A Man from the North. Bennett worked as an editor of the lady’s periodical Woman (which is noted under his name on the title page of this book) and spent the early part of his career working as a journalist; presumably these experiences led to the publication of this book. This copy of Journalism for Women was Bennett’s own copy from his private library.
The previous owner’s inscription reads,
“Florence C. Byron Moore purchased this book on 19th October 1931 from Arnold Bennett’s private library being sold by Myer’s & Co [their sticker appears below this inscription] – this was one of the copies of his own works he kept for giving to friends – the leaves were uncut.
His signature (bought the same day from this collection) was one of some cards he had signed for bazaars.
The present owner had the privilege of being the first person to read this copy after cutting its leaves. FCBM 1st Edition.”.