The correct First Issue
Grossmith, George & Weedon ~ The Dairy Of A Nobody : With A Tipped In Quotation Signed By George Grossmith
Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith : 1892
The First UK printing published by Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith in 1892. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. Original tan cloth, decoration and titles to spine and front cover in gilt, black and blue. Light offsetting to the half-title and rear advertisement endpaper. Light pushing to the spine ends with a little bumping to the lower corners. The correct first issue with the terminal leaves used as pastedowns and no blank leaf at the front. Tipped in to the front paste-down is a quotation on headed 'Garrick Club' notepaper which has been hand written and signed by George Grossmith : ' I never know which are the most trying - Good natured people who can sing but won't, or the good-natured people who can't sing but will!!!, Yours faithfully, George Grossmith'. 'The Diary of a Nobody', one of the great achievements of Victorian comic fiction, was first serialised in Punch from 1888 to 1889, before being published in the present book-form in 1892 with new material and added illustrations by Weedon Grossmith. It chronicles the fictional Pooter family over 15 months of daily life. The novel has received great acclaim, and was highly influential in marking a shifting interest toward the 'common masses', in lower-middle class Londoners. The Diary appears in Waugh's classic, Brideshead Revisited - Lady Marchmain reads the novel aloud to comfort her family. A very sharp and collectible copy.
CONDITION: Very Good++