One of only 175 copies
Holtby, Winifred ~ South Riding : The Special Presentation Edition
Collins, London : 1936
The First UK printing published by Collins, London in 1936. The BOOK is in near Fine condition with just a little light spotting to the prelims. One of only 175 special copies in quarter vellum with cloth sides and gilt decoration. A leather and gilt label to the spine with top edge gilt. This special edition has a B/W frontis photograph of the author and an introduction by Vera Brittain : 'Ave Atque Vale - An Epitaph', both of which do not appear in the standard trade edition. Hand written limitation on the half-title page: 'This edition of 175 copies has been printed for the author's friends with a personal introduction by Vera Brittain. This is number '32''. Accompanied by the original glassine WRAPPER which is complete and the original publisher's card box with its printed label indicating the limitation and book number '32'. The box is rubbed at the edges. Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby had lived together in London after graduation and remained very close friends throughout Holtby's lifetime. Holtby sadly died in 1935 and 'South Riding', her masterpiece was published posthumously the following year. It went on to win the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and has never been out of print since. An extremely scarce edition with such attributes, only the second we have handled to date. Collectible.
CONDITION: Near Fine
JACKET: Near Fine