FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY AUTHOR. 8vo, with b/w plates (cockled). Faded blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Lean to spine, edgewear, bruising to extremities, a few nicks to headcap. Edges browned. Asquith’s signature (dated 1950, year of publication) in blue pen to ffep, above pasted-in dust jacket blurb, original dust jacket panels glued to pastedowns, some spotting, staining to leading margins of pp. 72-8. Else, clean.
Despite asking, “Why after a long career of oyster-hood should I prise my own shells open?”, here the “first lady of horror”, serial anthologist and celebrated diarist Lady Cynthia Asquith (1887-1960) cracks open her memories for James Barrie (nephew of the playwright, in whose company Asquith invested with some of the inheritance bequeathed by his uncle), including a chapter on her ‘Breadwinning’ (ODNB).
Author ASQUITH, Cynthia
Publisher London: James Barrie