Murder in Mayfair.
With two ALS by Ivor Novello.
First edition, first impression, extensively marked up for the Mills & Boon abridgement, with annotations to the contents in ink and pencil. The novel was adapted from Ivor Novello’s non-musical play of the same title, which premiered at the Globe Theatre in 1934, starring Novello himself. The book is accompanied by two typed letters signed from Novello to the author, the first congratulating her on the adaptation of the play, dated 3 March 1935 (“You really have done a swell job… it is now an extremely good tale on its own account and awfully well written… Yours affectionately, Ivor Novello”); in the second, dated 8 May 1935, he thanks for her first night telegram, sent on the occasion of the opening performance at the Theatre Royal of his show Glamorous Night (“It was a wonderful evening, and I can honestly say I have never been more happy in my life”, he writes).
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Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and front board black. Spine rolled, spine panel partially split but holding, tips and spine ends worn, hinges cracked but holding, text block still tight, contents lightly toned and foxed.