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RIDING, Laura.

Four Unposted Letters to Catherine.

Published: Paris: Hours Press, [1930]

Stock code: 88548

Price: £425

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First edition, first impression. Number 85 of 200 hand-set copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. This charming book of philosophical advice was ostensibly written for the eight-year-old daughter of Robert Graves and Nancy Nicholson, close friends of the author. “Strongly reminiscent of prose by Gertrude Stein (to whom an epigraph is addressed), the letters toss abstractions about in a disarmingly simple fashion” and “suggest both an endorsement and a mockery of Edwardian wisdom that was characteristic of much Modernist thinking” (Library Journal review, 1993).

Octavo. Original illustrated boards in black and grey by Len Lye, black morocco backstrip, titles to spine gilt. Boards very lightly rubbed, spine just a little faded. Contents unopened. An excellent copy.

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