London: The Nonesuch Press, 1927. 4to. Limited edition. One of 1525 copies but this copy unnumbered. Original boards loosely covered with marbled paper folded over inside. Paper label on front board. Covers faded and worn with small loss to the spine and corner tips. Ink presentation on fly. Very good. Item #5957
A pastiche of Pope's The Rape of the Lock transposed into the 20th century. The heroine Belinda's virtue is preserved by a green chemise darned with pink. The book was an immediate success and copies were selling at nearly ten times the original price once the print run was sold out within a few weeks. This copy was presented to 'Nancy Stallibrass from Peter Quennell'. Nancy Stallibrass (1905-1978) married her suitor in July 1928, so it seems to have done the trick. Peter Quennell (1905-93) was a distinguished biographer, literary historian and all round man of letters who married five times. Laver's sequel, 'Love's Progress; or, the education of Araminta', was reviewed by Quennell in New Statesman & Nation 28 September 1929.
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