Red Lion Inn - Robert PayneLondon: Robert Hale, 1952, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with abrasion to the leading edge of both panels. Boards water marked. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the cover: “Here is a fine novel of London in softly shining gaslight, a love story, with tragic overtones, of a time that has gone by. It is the story of a respectable riverside innkeeper, Jabez Amory, and of his family. Jabez has a bristling red beard, a temper to go with it, a stuffed crocodile and an invincible loyalty to Queen Victoria. His two daughters — Ursula and Rachel — share with their father only his red hair and perfect blue eyes.
Ursula sees the man she wants to marry in a mirror, kisses him first in a cupboard, and forgets him when she meets Christopher Bohun, who paints her and makes love to her with equal genius. And Rachel meets Harry Sloane-Broadstairs when he sits next to her at the Tivoli, where Marie Lloyd, queen of the concert halls, is playing.
Their colourful story, in the year 1900, is enchantingly alive. Few other writers combine such captivating story-telling, artistry, versatility, and mastery of character and mood.”