London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1893. First edition. Hardcover. Small octavo. , 312pp. Contemporary full crushed morocco with gold lettering on spine. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Dentelles. Decorative endpapers. Fly leaf inscribed and signed by Annie Thompson to Alexander Pollock Watt. Moderate rubbing along edges of binding. Endpapers slightly sunned along edges. Binding in overall good+, interior in very good condition. vg. Item #33243
*Alexander Pollock Watt (1834-1914) founded A. P. Watt Literary Agency. This was the world's first literary agency and was, for its first thirty years of existence, the largest as well. Alexander Pollock Watt began working as a literary agent in 1875 when a friend called upon him to negotiate a contract with a London publishing company. By 1881, A. P. Watt had incorporated his business and begun to define the role of the literary agent. Watt's son, A. S. Watt, took over the literary agency after the elder Watt's death in 1914. A. S. Watt continued to attract important authors to the agency, among them Pearl Buck, G. K. Chesterton, Robert Graves, W. Somerset Maugham, Rafael Sabatini, Nevil Shute, Mark Twain, P. G. Wodehouse, William Butler Yeats, and Herbert George Wells, for whom A. S. Watt was not only personal literary agent, but close friend as well.