London: Chatto and Windus, 1926. [Campus Novel] INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.; 285; . INSCRIBED by the author in black ink to the flyleaf: 'The years and character of | my Cambridge life 1904-1908 | seen through a glass colourfully. | Once I knew how to live. | Once I knew how to write. | Now I have forgotten both! | Shane Leslie | facing the fearful fighting | forties | Feb 25, 1940.' Publisher's blue cloth with black titles to spine and upper board. Light spotting, edges toned. Binding lightly rubbed and browned; spine sunned. Very good. First cousin to Sir Winston Churchill on their mothers' side, Leslie was heir to an Anglo-Irish estate and a supporter of Irish Home Rule, but fell foul of the triumph of Sinn Fein at the 1918 general election and abandoned politics for writing. This novel offers a familiar vision of idealised pre-war University life. Item #53970
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