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Book Description

FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Small 8vo, pp. [viii], [298] + charming title page woodcut of tea service for two by Ray Garnett. Original blue and brown mottled cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Bottom edge untrimmed. Spine cocked and sunned, gentle pushing to spine ends, smallest nicks to head of spine. Gentle toning to edges. Signed by STW in black pen to title page, endpapers toned. Else, clean and bright. A lovely copy, unusual with authorial signature.
Dealer Notes
The poet, musicologist and diarist’s third novel, a re-telling of the Psyche and Cupid myth through the genre of historical romance. STW’s protagonist with the true heart is Sukey Bond, orphan and slavey, hence the focal tea-kettle in Ray Garnett’s vignette. 3750 copies of the first edition were printed (Russell and Lawrence Mitchell, 2020).
Ray Garnett (née Rachel Marshall, 1891-1940), illustrator and engraver, met STW through her husband, author and bookseller, David Garnett. STW became “an intimate friend of Ray’s,” but this pairing of author and illustrator was in fact prompted by Charles Prentice, Garnett and STW’s publisher at Chatto: “I shall be very glad to do a teapot and cups for the title page of The True Heart,” Garnett wrote to him, “If I do a woodcut, it must be a very fine one to go with the printing. Shall I draw several and show them to Sylvia to see if they are the right kind?” (cited in J. Lawrence Mitchell, 1981/2). The final woodcut was reproduced on the dust jacket, with the illustrator receiving three guineas and two copies of the novel for her work; this was a boon for Garnett, who observed to Prentice, "I enjoyed reading the book immensely. I think I like it best of the three" (ibid).
Author TOWNSEND WARNER, Sylvia; [GARNETT, Ray]
Date 1929
Publisher London: Chatto & Windus
Condition Very good

Price: £350.00

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