London: Edward Arnold, 1936. Later printing. SIGNED by E.M. Forster on the title page. Additionally INSCRIBED by W.H. Auden on the front endpaper: "To Bill and Phil / with best wishes for their future happiness. / from / Wystan."
Forster was an influence and favorite of Auden's, with Auden dedicating "Journey to a War" (1939), written with Christopher Isherwood, to him. It seems likely that Auden had Forster sign this book for two friends as a gift, then additionally inscribed it to them. An attractive copy, and a powerful association between two generations of British literary giants.
Very Good plus lacking the dust jacket. A couple of spots to the front board, light rubbing to the edges, and a slight lean. Very Good + (Item #661)