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Book Description

Eighth impression, SIGNED BY AUTHOR. 8vo, pp. xi, (1), 442 + colour frontispiece portrait. Blue buckram, spine lettered in gilt in green oval panel. Lean to spine, edges and extremities bumped, with echoes into text block, lighter patches to spine ends (corresponding with DJ losses). Tanned edges. Brittain’s inscription in blue pen to title page: “Vera Brittain/ October 16th 1949.” Else, clean and bright. In the original dust jacket: scruffy and grubby, losses to spine ends, with various closed tears, amateur tape repairs to reverse. A robust copy of Brittain’s memoir of her close friend.
Dealer Notes
Although a prolific inscriber of her equally prolific output, signed copies of Brittain’s biography of her boon companion of 16 years, and sometime lover (many believe), are fairly scarce. Finding guidance in Mrs Gaskell’s approach to writing the life of her close friend Charlotte Brontë, Brittain also notes another intention of her book: “I hope that Winifred’s story may do something to destroy these tarnished interpretations [of friendships of women], and show its readers that loyalty and affection between women is a noble relationship”. Brittain handled Holtby’s literary estate following her tragic early death in 1935.
Author BRITTAIN, Vera
Date 1947
Publisher London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd
Condition Good+/ good+

Price: £225.00

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