Paris: Amedee Bedelet, [n.d., ca. 1860]. Hand-colored frontispiece and eight hand-coloured plates, one loose with lower blank margin slightly soiled. Binding extremities lightly rubbed. One plate loose, with lower blank margin slightly soiled. A good, clean copy E.M. Forster’s copy, with his bookplate “This book belongs to E.M. Forster.” Forster has written on the front fly-leaf in ink: “In my mother’s room. West Hackhurst. 1946.”. Original pictorial boards, lightly soiled. Twelvemo. 124 pp. Item #15381
E.M. Forster spent forty years of his adult life living at his mother’s house at West Hackhurst, Abinger Hammer. During the years 1925 to 1945, he lived with his mother, Alice Clare (Lily) in a house designed by his father, the architect “Eddie” Morgan, and previously occupied by his grandmother, Laura. Forster had to leave his home at West Hackhurst upon his mother’s death in 1945, as the landlord refused to renew the lease.