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Lot 115: HUDSON, W. H.

Est: $1,500 USD - $2,000 USDSold:
Sotheby'sApril 13, 2004New York, NY, US

Item Overview


Green Mansions: a Romance of the Tropical Forest. London: Duckworth, 1904

In 8s (7 1/2 x 5 in.; 185 x 125 mm). Original green cloth; a trifle soiled.

Artist or Maker


Payne A23a


First edition, early binding. Presentation copy to John Galsworthy, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "To John Galsworthy / from W. H. Hudson." A telling association copy of Hudson's best-loved book. In 1904 Putnam's imported Duckworth sheets for a small American issue of Green Mansions. But it was John Galsworthy who was instrumental in eventually getting the novel published in America ? in 1916 when Knopf, at his urging, issued an edition with his introduction. This U. S. edition went through twenty-two printings by 1925 and brought Hudson his first (and only) commercial success; indeed, of all of Hudson's works, only Green Mansions achieved real popularity. In a letter to Galsworthy of 31 January 1904, Hudson praises Galsworthy's The Island Pharisees, which had been sent to him, and adds: "Please don't trouble to expect any particular pleasure from Green Mansions. I've never taken myself seriously as a fictionist and am not going to try to begin now. I hope to send you a copy one day this week" (Marrot, The Life and Letters of John Galsworthy, p. 161).

Auction Details

The Maurice F. Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part 1)

April 13, 2004, 12:00 AM EST

1334 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10021, US