Very scarce title with such attributes
Holden, Inez ~ To The Boating : Signed By The Author : With The Original Wrapper
John Lane & The Bodley Head, London : 1945
The First UK printing published by John Lane & The Bodley Head, London in 1945. The BOOK is in VERY GOOD++ or better condition. Produced to war time economy standard. A little pushing to the spine tips. Some dustiness and spotting to the text block which very occasionally encroaches onto the page edges. Some heavier spotting to the end papers. Free from inscriptions and bookplates. The WRAPPER is complete and is in VERY GOOD++ or better condition. Faded and toned to the spine, front cover and upper edges. The black lettering remains very bright. Minor edge wear with a little age related marks to the front cover. There is a design for a different book title printed on the verso (as usually encountered due to war time restrictions with paper). The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival protector. The book has been inscribed and signed by the author to the half-title page: 'To Dokter Hell, from Inez Holden, August 1950'. It is not clear who the recipient of this inscription was. A cult classic of short story writing from the 1940's Inez Holden was admired by the likes of Graham Green and V S Pritchett. Inez Holden (21 November 1903- 30 May 1974) was a British writer and Bohemian social figure and journalist, also known for her association with George Orwell. Holden never married, but had a tumultuous romantic relationship with the author and painter Humphrey Slater during the 1940s. She was a close friend, and briefly lover, of George Orwell; she is treated as such in many biographical works on the author. Anthony Powell's memoir 'To Keep the Ball Rolling' recounts his first meeting with Orwell in 1941, in which Holden played a part. He refers to her as 'a torrential talker, an accomplished mimic... excellent company'. This book (in any condition) is hard to find and is extremely scarce with such attributes.
CONDITION: Very Good++
JACKET: Very Good++