FIRST EDITION. Crown 8vo, pp. [viii]  + b/w frontis and plates by Arthur Watts. Blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Lean to spine, pushing to spine ends, corners bumped, two chips to middle of rear joint, rear board bowed, spotting to edges. Else, clean and bright. In the original dust jacket: grubby, spine darkened, losses to spine ends and rear flap, corners chipped, spine fragile, crosscut by two closed tears. A robust copy of the unusual first edition of the Provincial Lady’s second outing in book form.
The sequel to E. M. Delafield’s (the gloriously named Edmée Elizabeth Monica Dashwood, née de la Pasture (1890-1943)) critical and commercial success, Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930; also illustrated by Watts), a column originally published in Time and Tide, as a favour to her friend Margaret Mackworth, Lady Rhonnda, to fill in “some light ‘middles’, preferably in serial form”. With a printed dedication to Delafield’s American agent at Harper & Brothers, Cass Canfield. Delafield’s domestic comedy was celebrated as an antidote to Modernism and the Bloomsburies (though Watts’ illustration of PL ‘Undergo[ing] Permanent Wave’ bears glancing resemblance to Virginia Woolf (see dust jacket illustration)). Cicely Hamilton is thought to be the model for the PL’s “dear old friend, Emma Hay, author of many successful plays”.
Author DELAFIELD, E. M.; WATTS, Arthur (illustrator)
Publisher London: Macmillan & Co.
Condition Good-only/ good-only