The Secret and Other Stories
The Fountain Press, New York | 1929
Hardcover. 70 pp. 8.25” x 5.5”. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION. Book in Good condition. Red cloth-covered boards, all corners frayed and worn; top and bottom edges of boards also slightly worn near spine corners. Paper label on the spine. Issued without dust-jacket. Pages are clean and unmarked. Some very slight browning to page-edges. Limited edition. According to colophon, 742 copies were printed, of which only 700 were made available to the general public, with 400 for distribution in the United States and 300 for England. This is number 122. Has bookseller label from the Chaucer Head Bookshop affixed on lower rear past-down near gutter. SIGNED BY A.A. MILNE ON HALF-TITLE PAGE. Covered with non-archival plastic cover that is slightly worn and has a couple of tears at corner.
There are always bores in a Regimental Mess who want to talk about their adventures when you want to talk about yours. Mullins was as bad as any of them, but with this difference. The adventures of the others were adventures in search of the material; a petticoat, a golf ball, a gun emplacement. Mullins had only spiritual adventures. If, during those early days of training, he had fallen off the cliffs into the sea, he would have told you of his emotions on the way down, and said not a word of the splash at the bottom.