London: Herbert Jenkins, 1918. Second Edition. Octavo, 304 pp.; enpapers browned, a very good copy in original brown cloth; old ownership inscription to front endpaper reads "John Hays Hammond Jr." Item #1810
This love story published by the wife of airman Capt. William Bond consists of her memoirs and his letters during WWI, and is one of the very few novels published by a woman during WWI. While well recieved in 1918, it was promply forgotten. Written after Bond's death in July 1917, it is an emotional account of love in wartime. McHardy later married playwright Phillip Stuart and became Aimée Stuart, and went on to become a succesful writer in her own right, often collaborating with her second husband.
This copy evidently belonged to John Hayes Hammond Jr., prolific inventor and friend of Edison, Tesla, and Bell, known as "The Father of Radio Control", and as the inventor of the variable pitch propellor.
Price (AUD): $200.00