MORGAN, William de (1839-1917)
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1908. 8vo. Inscribed on front free endpaper, "For my dear Mrs. Halsey Just to while away a tedious day perhaps from a ---what Comrade. J.D.H.S."
Full purple morocco, all edges gilt, for Asprey.
Provenance: "Gov. Charles Edison Library" (stamped in gilt on front pastedown)
First American edition.
William de Morgan wrote this novel, one of his first, when he was in his sixties, after spending his life as a potter and tile designer. He was lifelong friends with William Morris and designed tiles, stained glass and furniture for Morris & Co. from 1863 to 1872. In 1907, he left the pottery business and began writing novels, becoming famous later in life for his literature. "Somehow Good" tells the story of a complex romantic relationship.