London: Jonathan Cape, (1923). Original mottled grey boards with blue cloth spine and printed spine label.
First Edition of this novel -- actually "a humorously fictionalized account of an Englishman's visit to Rome" [jrank] -- by this writer who was primarily a critic and editor. Very good-plus condition (spine cloth slightly faded, label a little edge-worn).
This copy bears the small bookplate "This book belongs to | E.M. Forster", and also the endpaper inscription "Hugh Brogan | 20 November 71". Lubbock was a Cambridge contemporary of E.M. Forster (and also a member of the "Inner Circle" of Edith Wharton). In Forster's ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL, which came from his 1927 series of lectures at Cambridge, he discussed this Lubbock title -- undoubtedly from reading this very copy -- in his lecture on narrative patterns and rhythms (using this book as an example of "chain narrative"). As for Hugh Vercingetorix Brogan (1926-2019), he was another Cambridge man, who in younger years was a frequent correspondent of J.R.R. Tolkien; he became a Professor of History at University of Essex, and was the author of The Penguin History of the United States, and of biographies of numerous figures such as Arthur Ransome and De Tocqueville. Item #14644