London: Sampson Low, Marston and Co., n.d. [c.1920]. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, First Brock Illustrated Edition. Large Octavo. Charmingly inscribed in ink to first blank: 'Unto: / Sweet Mistress Jeanne / from / her very devoted, humble servant / Barnabas', signed and dated (1931) by the Author. Title page in colour. Illustrated with a colour frontispiece and 20 colour plates, all with tissue guard. Publisher's original full green cloth with gilt titles and extra gilt decoration to spine and upper, the latter also with a small colour illustration pasted down within a medalion frame; fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Pages unopened. Gilt to spine a bit dull. Age toning to edges; light sporadic foxing, mostly to half title and last few pages. A very attractive copy. A super copy of Jeffery Farnol's romantic novel 'set in the English Regency Period in which, with great skill, humour, and understanding, he revives for us the great days of the past...' He was an admitted influence on such riotous grand adventure writers as George MacDonald Fraser and Jack Vance, as well as romantic Regency writers from Georgette Heyer to Marjorie Farnell. The Amateur Gentleman tells the story of Barnabas Barty, the son of John Barty, the former champion boxer of England and landlord of a pub in Kent. At the start of the tale, Barnabas comes fortuitously into the possession of a vast fortune - £700,000, an astronomical amount by Regency standards - and determines to use this fortune to become a gentleman. His father objects to this plan and they quarrel, and settle their differences in a round of fisticuffs, which Barnabas wins, beating his father fair and square. Barnabas sets off for London in the furtherance of his ambitions and on the way there contrives to make a number of influential friends and enemies. Item #36667
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