London: The Curwen Press for Horizon, 1944. 8vo. Limited edition. One of 1000 copies. Quarter red leather, gilt, with marbled paper boards. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Trivial rubbing to the spine and tips and a small scuff mark to the upper board. Ink ownership on prelim. Annotations throughout in various inks and pencil. Near fine. Item #4212
From the library of Daphne Fielding (1904-97). She inscribed her ownership as Daphne Bath and added '1944' in red ink at a later stage. Born a Cornish Vivian, she had married Viscount Weymouth in 1926 and 1927 (secretly at first, with paternal opposition from both sides, and then publicly). She did not become Marchioness of Bath until her husband succeeded his father in 1946. He had spent much of the war as a prisoner of the Germans. She met Xan Fielding, who had served in Crete with Patrick Leigh Fermor, in 1948 and they were married, after her divorce, in 1953. Her circle of friends and admirers included Cyril Connolly, Evelyn Waugh, Harold Acton and Cecil Beaton. In 1981 she moved into 'The Laundry' at Badminton where her son-in-law became 11th Duke of Beaufort in 1984. On the verso of the front endpaper, she has recorded her re-readings of this volume: Ana Capri, 1950; La Galerie des Patres, 1970; and 'The Laundry', Badminton, 1983. Each re-reading is in a different coloured ink and this makes it easy and fascinating to see what struck her on each occasion.
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