London: Martin Secker, 1913. First edition. Octavo. (vi) 490pp + 8pp publisher advertisements. Original red cloth with gilt and white lettering. Our copy INSCRIBED "To Beresford/from his friend/the Author/Jan. 23rd, 1912./... 'Don't bother, my dear, about the sentiment of it - Time will get it out of you - ' Henry James -" Laid in is a September 4, 1984 letter explaining the book as 'Inscribed by Walpole to the English critic Beresford... Also in Walpole's hand is a 3-line quote from Henry James; this was the heyday of the James/Walpole friendship... A distinguished copy.' Some wear to extremities, especially crown of spine, else a very good copy. Item #19567
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884 - 1941 & knighted in 1937) was a very popular English novelist and key member of the exclusive homosexual coterie in 1930s London. 'Fortitude' was his first great success.