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WARNER, Sylvia Townsend.

Lolly Willowes,

or the Loving Huntsman.

London: Chatto & Windus, 1926 Stock Code: 139081
£1,250.00
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Scarce signed debut

First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Lolly Willowes is Warner's first novel and rarely found signed. In the work Laura "Lolly" Willowes leaves her life as a "professional aunt" in London for independence in the village of Little Mop where "she is initiated into the local witch cult and has intellectual conversations with Satan, who lives locally as a gardener" (Bleiler). "The mixture of fantasy and acerbic wit in this story of a disregarded woman who turns to witchcraft as the only practical way of asserting herself had a wide appeal and the book was a considerable success" (ODNB).

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Description

Octavo. Original black and blue marbled cloth, pale blue paper label to spine.

Condition

Slight residue from sticker to rear pastedown. Ownership inscription in green pencil to first blank. Spine faded and a little cocked, edges rubbed, touch of wear to tips, occasional faint foxing; a very good copy indeed.

Bibliography

Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction 1660; Wessells #19, pp. 84-7.

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