Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1925. First American edition. Hardcover. 315pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] Rose cloth over boards with black lettering on the backstrip and front board. The spine ends and corners of the covers show minor wear. The edges of the text block are lightly foxed, more so the top edge. The text block is nice and square. In a dust jacket, with a number of losses from the edges and several tape repairs to the reverse, however with the perforated bookmark on the front inside flap completely attached and intact. Bleiler checklist. From the collection of Berkeley book collector and letterpress printer, John Ruyle. Very good + / good. Item #57808
A first American edition. The book was first published in the UK in 1924. In this novel, Egbert is turned into a rhinoceros.
From the publisher-
"Egbert was a rising young barrister whose cocksure and superior manner had a way of getting on the nerves of people upon whom he tried it. One day he tried it once too often. He annoyed a respectable-looking stranger in a railway waiting room. The stranger turned out to be a wizard, and in a fit of exasperation, transformed the unfortunate Egbert into a rhinoceros.
"The only witness of this distressing incident was Ted Hallett, a contemporary but not an admirer of the victim, who thus found himself morally bound to look after Egbert in his new form.
"The story tells of the resulting troubles that came to Egbert and his protector, and to Egbert's fiancée, Kathleen, with whom Ted also was in love."