Very Good. Item #5854
London: Grant Richards, 1898. Winchester Edition. Two volumes in green cloth, largely faded to brown, with gilt decoration to spine. 276 + 286 pages. Top edge gilt. Bookplate of Felicia Pepys Cockerell, both with her signature, to front pastedowns.
Some staining and smudging to boards. Edges and spine all faded to brown. Cracked at spine ends but without loss of cloth. Corners bumped and exposed in places. Bindings are sound. Endpapers heavily toned, but rest of pages only lightly spotted in parts.
Grant Richards published a limited "Winchester Edition" of 250 copies this same year, though these lack any printed indication of being part of that limited edition.
Felicia Pepys Cockerell (1890-1970) was the great-great granddaughter of Robert Grahaeme of Whitehall, Lord Provost of Glasgow, and daughter of James Grahame Stewart, who died when she was 23 and left her a small fortune. She attended the usual London season for five years, acting in a number of debutante plays and attending the wedding of Vita Sackville West and Harold Nicholson. In 1918 she was arrested for driving and thus breaking that February's Gas Restriction Law, though she was not charged, and was briefly but unsuccessfully engaged. In 1922 she married Frederick Pepys Cockerell, junior of the architect Frederick Pepys Cockerell and descendant of the diarist Samuel Pepys. Frederick was educated at Winchester School and then at Oxford. They divorced in 1926 with Felicia buying Holt Castle and retreating to it, where she became involved with local charities and apparently kept exotic pets (a Times article has her advertising a kokuburra for sale in 1939). Frederick remarried and opened a book and coin shop in London, but fell into financial troubles and committed suicide in 1932.