Cider with Rosie.
With drawings by John Ward.London: The Hogarth Press, 1959 Stock Code: 121195
NotesFirst edition, first impression, inscribed by the author "For Ronnie & Christina who give writers wings from the author, with affection", on the front free endpaper, and with an autograph letter from Lee laid in. This is a nice literary association: the recipients were Christina Foyle, owner of Foyle's bookshop, and her husband Ronald, with Foyle's bookseller's ticket to the front pastedown.
The letter is addressed to Ronnie, dated 23 February 1972 and on the author's headed paper. In it Lee acknowledges receipt of two "Rosies", and encloses by return the "Beeleigh copy, duly inscribed" a reference to Beeleigh Abbey, Christina's house. Lee writes "I was most touched that you took the trouble to send me the Burning Piano and most impressed that you found one (they were all impounded in Gloucestershire)", alluding to the passage found in the first impression copies on p. 272 which described "a fire at the piano-works almost every year, it seemed to be a good way of balancing the books". Lee was sued for libel, and the passage removed from subsequent editions.
Accompanying the book are two Christmas cards from the author to Ronnie and Christina, one of which features a printed excerpt from Cider with Rosie, and the other an illustration by John Ward, also from the book.
Octavo. Original green boards, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket.
Frontispiece drawing and illustrations to text by John Ward.
A very good copy in the jacket with a little rubbing to extremities and slightly toned spine panel.
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