Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940) was an English novelist, biographer, archaeologist and short story writer.
Edwin Jack wrote to Blampied on 8th November 1916 to commission the wrapper for this book:
We also send you The Image in the Sand by E.F. Benson. This will be included in our 7d library. For these books in the mean time our plan is to make a black and white drawing from coloured picture for frontispiece and afterwards add lettering and reproduce in colours for the wrapper. See volume sent herewith. Sometime the artists so design a picture that we can cut it out a bit for the wrapper and so get a wrapper somewhat stronger and simpler than the frontispiece picture. It is a bad method, I must confess, but we should like you to make a drawing in colours. We shall then make a black and white from it and return drawing to you for lettering for the wrapper. In this case too we should like to have a space for a few lines of description of the book.
The final book did not have a frontispiece and by the time the book was published the price had risen by nearly 30%, to 9 pence.
Blampied designed the jacket of five other novels by E.F. Benson: David Blaize, Hodder & Stoughton, 1916; Mr. Teddy, T. Fisher Unwin, 1917; Lovers and Friends, T. Fisher Unwin, 1921; Visible and Invisible, Hutchinson, 1923; David of Kings, Hodder & Stoughton, 1924. I wonder whether Blampied and Benson ever met?
First edition, thus
Bibliography code: NEL-17.3
Publisher: Thomas Nelson and Sons
Series: Nelson's Ninepenny Library
Pages: 472, 8pp ads
Binding: Red cloth impressed with Nelson logo (large N over L) within a seal. Same logo on side with title and author in gold above "Nelson’s Library" impressed at base of spine.
Size: 162 x 114 mm
Dust jacket signed: Blampied, lower margin centre
Internal illustrations: none
Price: 9 pence
Printing history: none stated
Dust jacket (click to enlarge)
Printed by: Printed in Great Britain at the Press of the Publishers
Notes: This novel was first published in 1905 by William Heinemann.