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The Vermilion Box

E[dward] V[erral] Lucas

Edward Verral Lucas (1868-1938) was a prolific English writer. Max Beerbohm said that he spoke fewer words than he wrote. The novel is in the form of letters written by members of the fictional Haven family between 1914 and 1916, many of which were about the war. It is listed as a Great War novel and the dust jacket shown here can also be seen at a site devoted to Great War dust jackets with the jacket of the first edition, published by Methuen in 1916.

First edition thus

Bibliography code: NCL-17.4

Series: Nelson's Continental Library 39

Publisher: T. Nelson & Sons, 189, rue Saint-Jacques, Paris

Year: [1917]

Format: 16 mo in two gatherings (1-1a=4pp;1a-2=12pp)

Pages: 283, 4 pp adverts

Binding: Printed thin card wrappers

Size: 164 x 118 mm

Dust jacket signed: Blampied lower right

Internal illustrations: none

Price: 2 franc on spine and wrapper

Printed by: Imprimerie Nelson, Édimbourg, Écosse

Image of dust jacket

Dust jacket (click to enlarge)

Notes: The figure sitting at the desk was also used on the dust jacket of the novel The Waters of Jordan by Horace A. Vachell published by Thomas Nelson and Sons in 1918.