Objects of Pity
Bazzett Michael Haggard. Amsterdam, 1892.
Presentation copy from the author, author’s ink corrections to text, small damp-stain to head, upper hinge weak, original stiff wrappers, original glacine jacket with gilt lettering.
Bazzett Michael Haggard, brother of Henry Rider Haggard, British Land Commissioner in Apia, Samoa. Objects of Pity was conceived as a response to An Object of Pity, written by Robert Louis Stevenson and others, in which Haggard featured as the central character. Stevenson himself features pseudonymously as Tusitala ‘The Writer of Tales’ in the present work. ‘Stevenson insisted on having it printed and took it to Sydney and had it printed. I was riled at being called “an object of Pity” rather; so set to and gave them a Roland for their Oliver.’ - Bazzett M. Haggard. The book appears to have been taken to the printers rather prematurely and all copies appear with the author’s autograph corrections.