London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1877.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. pp xxxii, 228, in publisher's mauve cloth ruled in black, with gilt insignia on upper board. Mild rubbing to spine ends, corners lightly bumped, some faint staining to rear board, closed tear to half-title, with tiny archival tape reinforcement on verso. Inscribed on the half title page "Frederic Harrison from Matthew Arnold 1877," apparently in Harrison's hand. The same page also has a bookplate we have not identified, and "With kind regards--" written at the top in a different ink, possibly in Arnold's hand. Harrison (1831-1923) was a British legal scholar, historian, and occasional critic of Arnold's ideas on culture. He published an essay on Arnold in his book Tennyson, Ruskin, Mill, and Other Literary Estimates (London, 1899).