The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow. A Book for an Idle Holiday - Jerome K. Jerome 1887 - Field & Tuer, London - First Edition, very early issue Jerome K. Jerome’s second book, which ‘was an instant success, and sold extremely well for many years’ [JKJ Society]. Scarce early issue of 1887, first printed in 1886.

Perfect for a gentleman’s leisurely read, preferably pipe in hand, it is dedicated to ‘
My oldest and strongest Pipe’. With chapters such as ‘On Being Hard Up’, ‘On Being Idle’, ‘On Eating and Drinking’, and on ‘On Being in the Blues’.
  Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859-1927) was born in Walsall, but moved to London with his family as a young boy. After leaving school at fourteen, he worked as a railway clerk, but spent much of his spare time acting with various theatre companies and reading in the library of the British Museum; his first novel, On the Stage – and Off was loosely based on his thespian experiences. His 1899 novel, Three Men in a Boat – a fictional though exaggerated account of an actual boat trip on the River Thames that Jerome took with two friends – became a best-seller on both sides of the Atlantic, despite lacklustre critic reviews, selling a million copies in America alone, and bringing it’s author world wide fame.

First edition, early issue, with price of 2/6 to front board and spine in italics; missing ‘not’ between ‘ought’ and ‘to do’ on page 41 line 9; verso of title page with code T.4283; publisher’s catalogue detailing at least 5 books published in 1887, and not listing 6 titles first published in 1888 (see below).

Reference: The Jerome K Jerome Society, Bibliography.

Octavo (book size 20 x 13.5 cm), pp. [8] 172 [1 (ad for ‘On the Stage-and Off’)] [1] 8 (Publisher’s catalogue) [2]. Publisher’s lemon yellow cloth, s[ine and front boards lettered in black, floral centre emblem blocked in black to front and rear boards. Veros of title with publisher’s logo and code (T. 4283), publishers 8 page catalogue to rear with code [25,000–T 4,329.]. Price of 2/6 to front board and spine.

Dating according to publisher’s catalogue - books listed that were first published in 1887 - Price ‘The Signs of Old Lombard Street’; ‘Dame Wiggin Of Lee’ & ‘Deborah Dent and Her Donkey’; ‘The Bairns Album for 1887-8’; Tuer ‘The first year of a silken reign’. Books first published in 1888 and not listed - Loftie ‘Kensington. Picturesque & Historical’; Fiennes ‘Through England on a Side Saddle’; Ashton ‘Men, Maidens and Manners’; Sellers ‘Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes’; Mackay ‘A Lover’s Litanies’.
  Condition: Very good plus, some light soiling and one or two marks to covers, toning to endpapers.   Ref: 109444   Price: HK$ 1,800