Queen Victoria.

London: Chatto & Windus, 1921 Stock Code: 149208
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First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper,"G. H. Grubb, With kind regards, Lytton Strachey". The recipient was the London chief of the American publisher G. P. Putnam's Sons and corresponded with many authors, including Virginia Woolf and Walter de la Mare.

Strachey's biography of Queen Victoria followed his popular and iconoclastic Eminent Victorians, published in 1918. "For his next biography, Strachey chose the most eminent Victorian of all. Queen Victoria has no preface; it is milder in tone and point of view but Strachey still plays on the ironic incongruities of Victoria's personality and position as he organizes her life around the insensitive vitality of her relationships with her mother, governess, and husband, and the remarkable prime ministers who had to cope with her. Strachey continues to use some techniques of fiction in his narrative - in Victoria's famous dying reverie, for example - but this time he also footnoted the sofources of his information. Those whom Strachey had shocked with Eminent Victorians received Queen Victoria with relief" (ODNB).

Laid in this copy are a sheet of detailed instructions to rebind this book "in full Nigerian native tanned goatskin" pencilled by the English actor Frank Wyndham Goldie (1897-1957); and the response, a typed letter, on antiquarian booksellers Elkin Mathews's headed paper, signed from Percy H. Muir and dated 15 August 1949, noting "I should most certainly keep your presentation copy of Queen Victoria in its original cloth" and enjoining him "please do not have it rebound". Percy Horace Muir (1894-1979) was a bookseller and president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association in Britain from 1945 to 1947, when he chaired the first conference of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).

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Octavo. Original blue cloth, printed paper label to spine, untrimmed. With dust jacket.


Frontispiece and 5 black and white plates.


A hint of rubbing to corners, the binding otherwise sharp, internally clean and unmarked. A fresh copy in good only jacket, wear to corners, 11cm closed tear sometime repaired, spine panel darkened.


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