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(BLOOMSBURY GROUP.) BELL, Clive.

Landmarks in Nineteenth-century Painting.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Chatto & Windus, 1927

Stock Code: 130957

£2,250
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OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, first impression. A superb multi-layered Bloomsbury Group association copy, written by the Bloomsbury member Clive Bell, and successively owned by three other members - Lytton Strachey, Dora Carrington, and Frances Partidge, with their ownership signatures to the front free endpaper (Strachey's in ink, Partridge's in pencil, Carrington's in initialled pencil "D.C.").
Carrington first met Strachey during the war. She fell in love with him despite his homosexuality, and the pair lived together at Tidmarsh Mill in Berkshire. Carrington's unrequited love for Strachey was mirrored by Strachey's unrequited love for Ralph Partridge, whom he met in 1918. Ralph instead married Carrington, who had accepted the impossibility of marrying Strachey, in 1921. Strachey consented to the marriage despite finding it personally heartbreaking, and he allowed the pair to live with him in his new country house, Ham Spray, which he bought in 1924. Meanwhile, Ralph Partridge met Frances (then with her maiden name Marshall, later Partridge upon their marriage) through their mutual work at the Hogarth Press, and the pair worked together on an unexpurgated edition of the Greville diaries, under Strachey's editorship. In 1932 Strachey died, and in despair at his death Carrington committed suicide. Ralph inherited Ham Spray, and the following year married Frances, who moved in with him at the house. Frances has signed this book with her married name Frances Partridge, and it consequently follows that she acquired the book with the rest of the library of Ham Spray following the death of the previous two owners, and wrote her name in thereafter. Strachey and Carrington would have mutually owned the book in their joint library; Strachey's name is above Carrington's, so he presumably entered his name first.

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Description

Octavo. Original orange cloth, spine lettered in gilt.

Illustrations

With 20 black and white reproductions after various 19th-century painters.

Condition

Spine darkened and worn at head, cloth faintly soiled, split at head of rear cover, some foxing to initial and final leaves. A good copy.

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