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BELL, Clive.

Ad Familiares.

London: The Pelican Press, 1917 Stock Code: 145465
£3,750.00
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Ottoline Morrell's inscribed copy

First edition, sole printing, one of about 50 copies printed for private distribution, presentation copy to Bloomsbury Group affiliate, Lady Ottoline Morrell, incorporating the first printed word at the start of the text "Dear Ottoline".

Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938), an aristocrat and society hostess, who counted in her artistic and intellectual circles friends such as Aldous Huxley, Siegfried Sassoon, T. S. Eliot and D. H. Lawrence, and artists including Mark Gertler, Dora Carrington, and Gilbert Spencer. "Ottoline Morrell's merits were outstanding. Courageous in her friendships, in her readiness to stand by her beliefs and to support work in which she had faith, she was a trailblazer in fashion, the bohemian ancestor of all that is most adventurous in modern design. As a friend, she was matchless" (ODNB). Virginia Woolf wrote her obituary in The Times.

The author also crossed out the dating of the terminal poem, "Letter to a Lady" which seems at all points to be directly written for Vanessa Bell at the time when to all intents and purposes their marriage was over.

This copy has a highly distinguished collector's provenance, bearing the bookplate of William Beekman on the front pastedown of the chemise. Much of Beekman's excellent Bloomsbury Group and Hogarth Press collection now forms part of the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library.

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Description

Octavo. Single quire sewn into white paper wrappers printed in black. Housed in custom grey cloth chemise and matching slipcase with gilt-lettered spine.

Condition

Minor creasing to foot of spine, small closed tear to head of spine, else clean and fresh; a near-fine copy.

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