FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [x], ,  + illustrated frontis reproducing Percy Smith’s drypoint ‘Solitude’. Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, gilt embossed design echoing the docked solitary tree of ‘Solitude’ to upper board. Spine baggy, spine ends frayed, extremities bruised and top corner bumped, slight warp and faint bloom to boards, wear to blind-stamped Heinemann device. Grey marbled endpapers tanned. Foxing to front and rear, musty. Else, clean. A robust copy of Borden’s celebrated WWI collection.
The Chicago-born socialite, suffragette and prolific author, Mary ‘May’ Borden (1886-1968) used her own private wealth to fund and staff a mobile hospital at the French front, for which she received the Croix de Guerre and was made a member of the Légion d'honneur. The Forbidden Zone is considered “her most enduring work,” comprising five stories “written recently from memory” and poems and sketches penned during her four years in France, and as Nicola Beauman observes, “written with a bleak realism that makes this one of the greatest of all wartime books by a woman.” (ODNB).
Author BORDEN, Mary
Publisher London: William Heinemann, LTD.