The Dedicatee's Personal Copy
Sackville-West, Vita ~ The Heir : Privately Printed Presentation Copy Signed By The Author : Additionally Signed Twice By The Authors Mother (Victoria Sackville, The Dowager) With A Signed Letter From The Dowager
Privately Printed : 1922
Number '98' of one of only 50 copies printed 'for private circulation'. Heinemann published this signed limited edition of 100 copies on hand-made paper but copies 51-100 were 'for private circulation' and do not mention the publisher's details or publication date. They also differ from the first 50 copies of this edition which 'were for sale' in having coloured decorated boards, a more intimate frontis portrait of Vita Sackville-West and no mention of the publisher's details to the paper label on the spine. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. A little bumping to the vellum spine ends and a little rubbing and toning to the spine label. Offsetting to the end papers with a little spotting to the text-block with very slight encroachment onto the page edges in places. Light bumping to the corners. The portrait frontis of Vita Sackville-West has been signed by the author in black ink as called for. This copy has been inscribed twice by the author's mother, The Dowager, Victoria Sackville: Firstly, to the front blank end-paper: 'With the very best of good wishes from the author's mother (B.M), Victoria Sackville (Dowager), to dear Miss Le Bosquet, August 1930'. Additionally inscribed on the half-title by the Dowager (under the printed dedication 'The Heir: A love Story, To B.M.'): 'B.M. is the Dowager Lady Sackville who thanks Dear Miss Le Bosquet for all her kindness to " V. Sackville West". May she never lose you'. In this inscription, The Dowager reveals that she is the dedicatee of the book. Accompanied by a loose H/W signed letter from the Dowager to the same recipient dated 30th July 1930 and on her headed 'White Lodge, Brighton' personal notepaper : 'My dear Miss le Broquet, I thought you would rather have this private edition (which is ?), than any other souvenir from me. Please accept it with my blessings! V. Sackville (Dowager)'. At the time of writing this letter, intolerant of her husband's infidelities, which were carried out in plain sight at their home at Knole, Lady Sackville had removed herself to a house on the clifftop overlooking Brighton, Sussex called White Lodge. A very interesting presentation and association copy having been the personal copy of the dedicatee Victoria Sackville West with her revelation that she herself was the book's dedicatee.
CONDITION: Very Good++