Lot 95

“ROBEY, George” [i.e. Sir George Edward WADE] (1869-1954) & J. M. BARRIE (1860-1937).  Looking Back on Life … With an Introduction … by Sir James Barrie. London: Constable & Co., 1933. 8vo. Half title, half tone portrait frontispiece and 32 plates (some spotting). Original orange cloth (extremities rubbed). Provenance: E.R. & A. Osler (armorial bookplate). FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed “To Mr Phillip[?s] with best wishes, George Robey”, with an original pen-and-ink self-portrait by the author above the inscription. The author was a singer, comedian and actor and, arguably, the greatest music hall performer of his age. J. M. Barrie’s introduction is entitled ‘Mr. Robey, Auctioneer’. The author points out that he later sold Barrie’s original manuscript at auction, presumably with Barrie’s blessing, where it fetched the sum of £650 which Robey donated to the Orthopaedic Hospital, Hampstead, an institution which cared for discharged servicemen. "I found this signed autobiography of George Robey in a dusty secondhand bookshop in Gloucestershire with the original pen and ink portrait of the author. My father considered Robey to be just about the funniest comic he had ever watched and so I effectively grew up with him, but, of course, no recordings in those days" (H.B.).

Estimate: £200-£300