Publisher: London: Hurst and Blackett, 1869.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Sadleir 578; Wolff 1331.
Condition: Very good copy.
Book ID: 8714
Description2 vols, 8vo, later tan half calf, marbled sides, gilt lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed.
CommentsA mildly amusing novel, with a contemporary setting, about the early career of Paul Veryan who had “four things to hinder him: his luck, his intellect, his temperament, and his temper.” Veryan eventually becomes, for lack of any other occupation, a novelist. The Ivory Gate is probably a bit autobiographical, for Mortimer Collins struggled as a poet and wrote novels only as a last resort to support his family. The Epilogue is a poem, which echoes Collins’ frustration at having to work as a novelist rather than live the gentlemanly life of a poet: “Ah, the vision of dawn is leisure / But the truth of day is toil.” Half-titles present.