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BARING, Maurice.

Poems 1892-1929.

London: privately printed at The Fanfare Press, 1930 Stock Code: 103373
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Presentation copy inscribed by the author to Loelia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster, "Loelia from Maurice. With best wishes, 1930" (front flyleaf). This is copy 45 of 50 copies (finely printed on Abbey Mill paper) from the second impression - following 25 copies of the first in 1929 (though it is this impression of 50 copies that is mentioned by Reilly). Baring has added, by way of a frontispiece, an original photograph of himself at his desk, also signed by him. Both impressions are rare, and in the scant trade and library records that exist we can find no mention of an added photograph. One of the Bright Young Things, Loelia became the third wife of Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster, in 1930. Their unhappy marriage was dissolved in 1947 - the Duke's affair with Coco Chanel "overlapped" with his marriage. The Duchess later married the explorer Sir Martin Lindsay. Her memoirs were published in 1961. With Loelia's engraved bookplate, featuring St James Palace, where she spent part of her childhood. From the library of auctioneer and historian Anthony Hobson (1921-2014), with his bookplate on the front pastedown, beneath Grosvenor's. The collection contains a number of poems written during the First World War including memorial verses for Ivo and Julian Grenfell.

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Quarto (250 x 165 mm). Finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in white full pigskin, titles to spine and front board gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, twin rules gilt to turn-ins, red endpapers. Housed in a black cloth slipcase.


Boards faintly finger-marked, light spotting to fore and bottom edges of text block, the occasional spot to contents. An excellent copy in a slightly shelf-worn slipcase.


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