London: Methuen & Co., 1921. [Scottish Romance] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp. vi; 317 . Publisher's deep pink cloth with grey titles to spine and upper. Fore and lower edges untrimmed. Black ink ownership of 'Bagenal' to fly-leaf, and a label removed from the front pastedown. Repairs to split upper hinge. Some light toning and spotting to edges and endpapers. Well-thumbed, but clean internally. Heavy wear and sunning to spine, with moderate rubbing and bumping to boards. Good. A rare novel, never reprinted. Daughter of Scottish judge Lord Low (1845-1910), Jessica was a contemporary of E.M. Forster at King's College, Cambridge, at the turn of the twentieth century. She formed a close bond with Jermyn Moorsom (1881-1951), Malcolm Darling (1880-1969), and Ernest Merz (1881–1909), together known as 'The Quartet' — a sub-group of 'Darling's Set' which Forster was also a member of. Although Jessica loved Jermyn, she eventually married Malcolm, and it was just after a dinner with Darling, Moorsom, and Forster shortly before the wedding in 1909, that Merz committed suicide. This event, for which Forster felt partially responsible, resulted in the novel 'Maurice' (1971). Later, in 1912-13, Forster visited Jessica and Malcolm at their home in Dewas, India, inspiring his last novel, 'A Passage to India' (1924), and he also became Godfather to their eldest son, John Jermyn. Item #57512
From the Library of Hope (1888-1979) and Nicholas Bagenal (1891-1973), close friends of Jermyn Moorsom.
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