Winifred Holtby ~ South Riding : Special Presentation Copy : Inscribed And Signed By Shirley Williams
Collins (UK) : 1936
The First UK printing published by Collins in 1936. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. Green cloth with a vellum spine and a morocco label with gilt titling to the spine. The vellum is only very lightly spotted. The gilt titling and decorations to the spine remain very bright. Gilt upper text block edge with the others uncut. Light spotting and offsetting to the prelims. The original scarce glassine WRAPPER is present and is in VG+ condition and appears short on the book by approx 2cm. This is now protected in a loose Mylar covering. This is 'Number 1' of only 175 copies printed for presentation to the author’s friends. The Epitaph/introduction is by Vera Brittain and does not appear in the Trade edition. There is also a frontispiece B/W photo of the author present which also does not also appear in the trade edition. The half title bears the hand-written (unknown hand) limitation details with number ‘1'. To the verso of the blank end paper is a signed inscription from Baroness Shirley Williams dated ‘Christmas1980’ : ‘What better heirs to this first item from a limited edition than Barbara and Peter Metcalfe?’ The dedicatee Peter Metcalfe was a former Stevenage politician and a very close friend of Shirley Williams. The book was published posthumously and It would not be too difficult to presume that this was Vera Britain’s personal copy which was subsequently passed down to her daughter Shirley Williams. Vera and Winifred were the closest of friends and with Vera having written the epitaph, she seems the most appropriate person to receive copy number 1. The book won the 'James Tait Black Memorial Prize' for 1936. An exceptionally scarce copy with such attributes. Collectible.
CONDITION: Near Fine
JACKET: Very Good+