or the Loving Huntsman.London: Chatto & Windus, 1926 Stock Code: 139081
Scarce signed debutFirst 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).
Octavo. Original black and blue marbled cloth, pale blue paper label to spine.
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.
Bleiler, Supernatural Fiction 1660; Wessells #19, pp. 84-7.
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