I Search for Rainbows.
First edition, first impression of Cartland’s autobiography. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author “To darling Denise – the most glamorous writer in the world – with love from her ever admiring Barbara, 1967” on the front free endpaper. A superb inscription, richly evocative of the relationship between Cartland and fellow romantic novelist Denise Robins, who outsold her and famously responded to her boast of having written 145 novels with “Oh I see – one a year”. Perhaps Cartland’s admiration was a strategy for dealing with the success of her great rival, and Robins notably reciprocated in her 1969 novel A Love Like Ours, which she dedicated “To Barbara Cartland, who understands and believes in romance as I do and who has always been so generous in the tribute she has paid to my work”.
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Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, grey endpapers. With the dust jacket. Photographic portrait frontispiece and 4 plates. Cloth rather mottled, top and fore edges slightly foxed. A good copy in the price-clipped dust jacket chipped at the head of the spine.