Spender, Stephen ~ Returning to Vienna 1947 – Nine Sketches : Inscribed by the Author To Dadie Rylands
Banyan Press, USA : 1947
The sole printing published by The Banyan Press, USA in 1947. Number '78' of only 150 copies for friends of the author. There were an additional 350 unnumbered copies for sale. The BOOK is in near Fine condition with Curwen Press patterned paper wrappers with a printed paper title label on the upper cover. A hint of toning to the cover edges. Internally clean. Inscribed by the author on the front blank-endpaper : 'To Dadie, with love from Stephen and Natasha, Christmas 1947, Stratford Road, Scarsdale New York'. The recipient was George Humphrey Wolferstan Rylands CH CBE, known as 'Dadie Rylands' and was a noted British literary scholar and theatre director. 'Rylands became a protégé of Lytton Strachey at Cambridge, who introduced him to the Bloomsbury group. In 1924 he worked for six months with Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press. He was elected Fellow of King's College in 1927; his rooms, where he lived for the rest of his life, were decorated by Dora Carrington and play a part in Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own (1929). An inspirational lecturer in English Literature, Rylands's most popular work was the Shakespeare anthology, The Ages of Man (1939)' (NPG). The book is protected in a removable mylar archival cover. A significant association copy.
CONDITION: Near Fine