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Landmarks in French Literature.

London: Williams and Norgate, 1923 Stock Code: 143674
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First edition thus (second overall), first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Dadie from Lytton", and with the recipient's pictorial book plate to the front pastedown, and with a couple of minor corrections in ink by either one of them.

George Humphrey Wolferstan "Dadie" Rylands (1902-1999), became one of Leonard and Virginia Woolf's apprentices at the Hogarth Press through his friendship with Lytton Strachey. One of the youngest members of the Bloomsbury group, he grew to be a revered figure at Cambridge University where he was elected an Apostle in 1922, a distinction shared with Lytton. Over the years he became a fellow, teacher, and scholar; according to his obituary in The Times, "Generations of undergraduates knew him as a wise confidant with a great understanding of human follies and frailties". The parties Dadie hosted in his Cambridge rooms, decorated by Dora Carrington and Douglas Davidson, are legendary. Woolf immortalized one luncheon in A Room of One's Own: "How good life seemed, how sweet its rewards, how trivial this grudge or that grievance, how admirable friendship and the society of one's kind, as, lighting a good cigarette, one sunk among the cushions in the window seat, for the rest of his life".

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Octavo. Original green cloth, titles in gilt to spine.


Spine a touch sunned, gentle bumping to corners, the binding otherwise firm and square, internally fresh and clean; a very good copy indeed.


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