The Weeping and the Laughter: A Chapter of Autobiography.

Published: London, Rupert Hart-Davis.

Date: 1953

First edition; 8vo; original cloth boards and dust jacket. This is the first volume of the author's autobiography. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to Anna Gawsworth by the author using his Redonda title “To my Queen Anna with love, respectfully Ragusa (J. Maclaren-Ross) on his fiftieth birthday 7-7-62.” On the front paste down is the bookplate of John Gawsworth, Realm of Redonda. John Gawsorth was the pseudonym of Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong (1912-70), poet, writer and bibliographer, who was well known in Bohemian circles in the 1940s. He inherited the island of Redonda and appointed himself King Juan I. He bestowed secular and ecclesiastical titles on his friends. Among the recipients were Victor Gollancz, Henry Miller and Dylan Thomas. Julian Maclaren-Ross was created Duke of Ragusa in 1949, and promoted to Grand Duke, on Tuesday July 7th 1958, his 46th birthday. Gawsworth adds a further inscription: Anna’s Own Copy to Sneeze On Love Johnny (Julian’s “King”)”. Maclaren-Ross has also inscribed the front dust jacket flap “ Portrait of my Father on Book Jacket by Harry Jonas.” The original jacket blurb states that the narrator sees himself more than thirty years ago, a small boy bewildered and lonely in a world encompassed by adults, and forced in self defence to create his own from fiction and the cinema-serials of the day. A fine copy in a very good dust jacket, with wear to the extremities.



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