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A copy of The Puppy’s Visit To His Friends which was issued as one of EC Bennett’s moveable books, probably in the 1850s, sold for £680 at David Lay’s auction.

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In good condition, the copy from which the spread reproduced above is taken was among books and ephemera offered as part of a David Lay (18% buyer’s premium) sale in Penzance on February 19, where it sold at £680.

Bid to what may be a record £280 in that Cornish sale was My Days with the Fairies by Mrs Rodolph Stawell (aka Maud Margaret Stawell), a work illustrated with eight tipped-in colour plates by Edmund Dulac.

In a decorative cloth gilt binding and matching jacket, the latter now showing some loss, it bears an inscription dated 1921, so may well be a second edition of a work as issued in this new and enlarged form in 1913, but first published in 1907.