Knight, Laura (Dame) ~ The Magic Of A Line – The Autobiography Of Laura Knight : Presentation Copy – Signed, Doodled And Located By Laura Knight In The Year Of Publication
William Kimber, London : 1965
The First UK printing published by William Kimber, London in 1965. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. Original cloth with gilt titling. The pink salmon top-stain is present but a little faded in a few places. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good+ condition. Some small losses at the upper spine and edges (see images). Toning to the spine and edges with mild fading of the red lettering to the spine. The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival cover. The decorative bookplate of Sir Michael Fraser, Lord Fraser of Kilmorack pasted in to the front pastedown. Penned inscription to the front blank endpaper : 'Mike with love from Chloe, 25th July 1965'. Chloe(Drummond) was Lord Fraser's wife. Laura Knight has penned a signed elaborate doodle to the title page. This doodle is presumable that of Lord Fraser and his wife having a meal. Laura Knight has written ' MIchael Fraser his book' to the top of the page. She has also doodled 'Fog' above the couple, presumably referring to ?? brain fog. She has located the doodle to 'Pruniers, 17th November 1965' and signed her name within the doodle. 'Prunier St. James ' was a well-known French restaurant in London which closed in 1976. Lord Fraser was a British Conservative Party political administrator. Dame Laura Knight's autobiography contains sixty plates and twenty-two illustrations in the text. A highly collectible presentation copy from one of the 20th Century's leading women artists.
CONDITION: Near Fine
JACKET: Very Good+