Very scarce with the wrapper
Tennant, Stephen (Illus.) & Grey, Pamela ~ The Vein In The Marble : With The Scarce Wrapper
Philip Allan & Company, London : 1925
The sole UK printing published by Philip Allan & Company, London in 1925. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition. Original blue buckram-backed paper-covered boards, with title label pasted to the front board and to the spine. Decorative endpapers and end-piece, decorated contents page, 32 tipped-in black-and-white plates reproducing pen-and-ink drawings and watercolours by Stephen Tennant. The spine label is mildly toned. Some slight splitting between pages as is usual with this binding but to a much lesser degree than usually encountered. The inner hinge of rear board is just starting to split at the base. Internally fresh with no inscriptions and just light toning and spotting to the page edges. The WRAPPER is complete and is Very Good+ condition. Some light shelf wear, ruffled along top edge with a short 3cm tear to the front top edge and slight loss at the spine ends. Some toning fo the spine with paper reinforcement to the verso of the lower spine panel. The wrapper has a striking red vein design and has preserved the boards excellently. 'The Vein in the Marble' is a book of verse, tales and illustrations formed through a collaboration between Stephen Tennant and his mother Lady Pamela Grey. Pamela provided a series of short poems and morality tales for modern life. Stephen contributed the accompanying illustrations, peopled with a mix of Regency courtiers, nymphs and fairy tale characters. Tennant's biographer Philip Hoare aptly describes the book as 'pure period whimsy'. The whole has a tendency towards sentimentality but Stephen's drawings and watercolours have a decorative, ethereal quality reminiscent of Beardsley. Stephen dedicated the book to his mother : 'To the most perfect of collaborators in great as in little things - my Mother.'. On receiving their first copies of the book Pamela and Stephen were filled with joy. 'We almost wept with excitement as we each finished our book! The child of our endeavours at last launched upon literature's perilous seas!' (letter from Stephen Tennant to Elizabeth Lowndes, December 1925). Despite positive reviews of the book, sales proved disappointing. A very good copy of a notoriously fragile book. Copies are now scarce, especially with the fragile wrapper - The first copy that we have handled.
CONDITION: Very Good++
JACKET: Very Good+