Fountain Inn - Victor CanningLondon: Hodder & Stoughton, 1939, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with slight loss to the head of the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Signed by the author, with dedication, on the title page — without provenance.
From the cover: “ When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life — but that is not Victor Canning! He seizes on the possibilities of both with boundless gusto. The London of his new story is the London of a Spring day — so wideawake and genial that its multitudinous human happenings make a pleasanter study than all the flocks of silly sheep that ever whitened the plains of Arcadia or Epsom Downs! On such a day as this, Ben and Helen, smitten by that disease that has been modern since time began — being, that is to say, restless and full of suppressed adventurousness — founded the firm of General Factotums at Fountain Inn, a little pool of public quiet off the rush of Holborn. They announced that, for a small consideration, they would help people out of their major and minor fixes. And then came their first big commission, the commission that initiated Ben into the gentle art of house-breaking and Helen into the mysteries of the Society for Progressive Rehabilitation, and ended by carrying them off on the most impromptu excursion to a little island in Cardigan Bay and the climax of their adventures.”