COWARD, Noël.

Terribly Intimate Portraits.

New York: Boni and Liveright, 1922 Stock Code: 143826
£1,250.00

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Notes

First edition, first printing, in an exceptional example of the very scarce jacket, and inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Noël Coward 1928" and again "for Dennis Wheatley", with Wheatley's bookplate to pastedown. The present book, a collection of sketches satirising archetypes of the English upper classes, is one of Coward's earliest productions. The book was likely purchased by a young Wheatley (who was, after all, a collector was well as a novelist) already signed, and later re-inscribed by Coward when the two men became acquainted in the war years.

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Description

Octavo. Original yellow cloth-backed brown paper boards, spine lettered in black. With the dust jacket.

Illustrations

With 16 reproductions from Old Master paintings by Lorn Macnaughton.

Condition

Bookplate of Herbert Schimmel, alongside Wheatley's (see note). Very occasional light foxing, pp. 11-12 unopened, else an excellent copy in the dust jacket, very lightly soiled, spine panel slightly darkened with tiny chip at head, chip to rear panel at foot slightly affecting text, short closed tear to head of front panel, tips a little nicked, but unusually well preserved and unrestored.

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