Date Published: 1888-1929
Binding: Various bindings
Jerome K. Jerome was an English author best known for his comic masterpiece Three Men in a Boat. He had a number of occupations then including journalism and school teaching, and a number of disappointments with the rejections of many short stories and satires he wrote.
This collection covering a period 1888-1929 consists of 7 pieces of ephemeral and 21 books in total detailed below.
7 EPHEMERA PIECES:
a) Two pictorial cigarette cards (Ogden’s Guinea Gold Cigarettes).
b) B&W photo of Jerome skating at Murren, Switzerland, 28 November 1925, Bain News Service, New York.
c) Autograph passage from The Diary of a Pilgrimage, 10 July 1891, to Miss A. Bragg, with envelope.
d) ALS to Mr. Compton, n.d. “You are plunging courageously into an enterprise as difficult as it is fine. As a lover of the drama my hopes & prayers go with you.”
e) ALS to Mr. Lewis, 21 January 1892, Thanks him for the story sent and asks him to write another piece.
f) Card signed with photo of Jerome at the top right, .
a) All Roads Lead to Calvary. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1919. Dark green cloth. 2 copies, one in chipped jacket. Diary of a Pilgrimage
b) Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, . Beige cloth. Arrowsmith’s Three-and-Sixpenny Series. Ill. G.G. Fraser. Ad for Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat on front pastedown. Top and bottom of spine slightly frayed.
c) Franfurt a.M.: Verlag Moritz Diesterweg, 1929. Abridged. Ed. with notes for the use of schools by Rudolph Fritz. 4th ed. Diesterwegs Neusprachliche Refornausgaben Band 46. Bestell-Nr. 4046. Red wrapper. [Short, Humorous Stories]
d) Moscow: Po za, 1914. No. 439. Includes several short stories: “The Price of Being Nice”, “Men Who Live for Others”, “The Jokes of a Philosopher”; “Mrs. Corner Takes Her Warts Back”; ghost stories. Russian. Wrappers.
e) The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow. Philadelphia: Henry Artemus, [1897?]. Dark blue floral-patterned cloth. Signed Xmas/97.
New York: Hurst & Company, [1900?]. Green cloth. Chicago: W.B. Conkey Company, [1904?]. Red purplish cloth. Signed Xmas 1904.
f) My First Book. London: Chatto & Windus, 1897. New ed. Orange cloth.
g) The Idler Magazine London: Chatto & Windus 1892. Bound in black pebbled cloth, half-bound in chipped, black-brown leather; lower board quite loose. The first volume Feb.-July 1892 of The Idler Magazine, edited by Jerome K. Jerome and Robert Barr; essays, stories, drawings, etc. on a variety of subjects, with contributions by Mark Twain, Bret Harte, J. Bernard Partridge, I. Zangwill, A. Conan Doyle, and others; frontispiece plate of Mark Twain, b&w illustrations throughout.
h) Observations of Henry Toronto: Copp Clark, 1901. Green cloth. Ex-library copy.
i) Moscow: Ogonyok, 1926. Bibliotheka Ogonyok no. 181. Paper wrappers, wire-stitched. Russian.
j) The Passing of the Third Floor Back. Toronto: The Musson Book Company, . 2 copies, brown cloth and red purplish cloth. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1909. Blue cloth. London: Hurst and Blackett, [191?]. 2 copies in redcloth.
k) Sketches in Lavender Blue and Green. Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 1920. Light blue (lavender) cloth, spine cut from top to bottom. Weak front hinge.
l) Stage-Land Curious Habits and Customs of Its Inhabitants New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1890. Dark red cloth.
m) Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 1889. Green olive cloth. First ed., first issue. London: Arrowsmith, 1931. 3rd ed, reprint. Light blue cloth, bleached on lower board and spine. New York: Hurst & Company, [18?]. White cloth, gilt floral design, with colour print of woman carrying flowers on upper board. Bois le Duc, Antwerp: L.C.G. Malmberg, [19?]. Arranged by A. Hulsman. 4th ed. Up-to-Date Series, series B, No. 1. Wrappers.
n) Trois hommes dans un bateau. Paris: Nelson, Éditeurs, 1935. Cream yellow cloth in jacket. Collection Nelson 386.
o) Three Men on the Bummel Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, . Bound in purple ribbed cloth. Arrowsmith’s 3/6 series, vol. xxxvi. First ed.
p) Three Men on Wheels Toronto: Copp Clark, 1900. Green cloth with bicycle design.
q) Told After Supers. London: The Leadenhall Press, 1891. First ed. Red cloth, spots on upper board.
r) Tommy and Co. Toronto: Langton & Hall, [1900?]. Green cloth.
s) Cancel title. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1904. Cream cloth with jester design.
t) [London: printed as manuscript, not published, 1888]. Produced at Comedy Theatre, 18 June 1888. Annotations and production notes by Martin J. Cahill. Printed on rectos only. 83 pp. Dark reddish brown cloth, spine missing.
Jerome K. Jerome’s (1859-1927) experience as an actor led to his novel On the Stage—and Off (1885) and his play Barbara. (1886) In true Jerome style he dedicated his collection of essays The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886) Despite his straitened circumstances he kept his sardonic humour and wrote his slapstick tale of a riverboat trip up the Thames, Three Men in a Boat, (1889) subtitle to say nothing of the dog. The story was inspired by his honeymoon and based on himself and two real-life friends, George Wingrave, whom he'd met while a clerk, and Carl Hentschel whom he'd met through the theatre. Now well-placed in the heart of literary London, in 1893 Jerome founded the co-weekly Today and in 1892 he founded and co-edited The Idler with his friend and fellow humorist Robert Barr. Jerome had always taken to using humour as panacea though privately he was often melancholy. His play The Passing of the Third Floor Back, (1908) with an uncharacteristic moral tone was only a success after people got used to his new style of delivery. The English army wouldn't accept his service but in 1916 Jerome was an ambulance driver for the French army. On 14 June 1927 Jerome died in Northampton General Hospital after suffering a series of strokes. Quoted form the Literature network website.
Various conditions. Item #7618