FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Small 8vo, pp. [viii], . Original blue and brown mottled cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Bottom edge untrimmed. Spine cocked and sunned, pushing and wear to spine ends. Gentle toning to edges. Signed by STW in blue pen at top of ffep, endpapers toned, with Daphne Muir’s book-label to front pastedown: “Please return/ this book/ to Daphne Muir”. Foxed throughout. Else, tight and tidy. An interesting association copy, unusual with authorial signature.
Daphne Muir (née de Waal, 1896-1971) was a South African poet and author. Having wed Royden McIntosh Muir in 1923, she published five novels under her married name. Muir moved permanently to England in 1927, the same year as Mr Fortune’s Maggot was published. She appears briefly in STW’s diary in 1929 (ed. Harman, 1995): the two authors dined and attended a concert together. STW presumably gifted Muir a copy of her second novel during this same period, with Muir valuing it enough to state ownership with her stern book-label.
Author TOWNSEND WARNER, Sylvia; [MUIR, Daphne]
Publisher London: Chatto & Windus