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‘I HAVE PASTED INTO IT A FEW THINGS’ The Charm of Birds

Viscount Grey of Fallodon [Arthur Murray, MP for Kincardineshire)
A complicated association copy inscribed first by its author, the Liberal statesman Edward Grey, to his erstwhile Parliamentary Private Secretary… Read more
Published in 1929 by Hodder and Stoughton.
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‘I HAVE PASTED INTO IT A FEW THINGS’ The Charm of Birds by Viscount Grey of Fallodon [Arthur Murray, MP for Kincardineshire)

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A complicated association copy inscribed first by its author, the Liberal statesman Edward Grey, to his erstwhile Parliamentary Private Secretary, Arthur C Murray the MP for Kincardineshire and later 3rd Viscount Elibank. Murray has subsequently annotated the book with his personal reminiscences of Grey, for a younger friend, inscribing the book for: ‘Kate Colville with love and best wishes from Peter (Arthur Murray) (Elibank) Sept. 8, 1954’.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Bound in the publisher’s green cloth; both flyleaves stuck down to pastedowns. Inscriptions to verso of endpapers with Murray’s annotations opposite, both initialled ‘A.M.’ - though Murray was known to friends as Peter. Old sellotape repairs in gutter by Murray - see his letter, below. Next, Murray has tipped in (with tape) his printed tribute to Grey and some images. Murray has added a potted biography of Grey’s wife Pamela on the dedication page. Laid in is a sequence of letters: the first to Murray is from the Scottish naturalist and photographer Seton Gordon, on ‘Upper Duntuilm, Isle of Skye’ headed paper discussing mutual friends and the plan ‘to put up a cairn where Prince Charles left Scottish soil in Sept 1746 and boarded a French frigate.’ Accompanying this is a note to Kate Colville from Carrington House presenting this letter and two further typed letters from Murray, one expressing ‘the greatest pleasure in sending you back your “Charm of Birds’... I have pasted into it a few things which I hope will add to its interest for you.’ and continuing with praise for Grey ‘a really great man because he was humble-minded... And his knowledge of animate and inanimate nature was his most endearing quality.’


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Publisher Hodder and Stoughton
Date published 1929
Subject 1 Book
Signed Yes
Illustrator Robert Gibbings
Product code 8528


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