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SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita.

The Land....

With woodcuts by George Plank.

Availability: In stock

Published: London William Heinemann, 1926

Stock Code: 130542

£1,750
signed
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

Signed limited edition, number 94 of 125 copies signed by the author and artist. A presentation copy additionally inscribed by Sackville-West on the front free endpaper, "For Dorothy, from Vita". A prior owner has identified the recipient as Dorothy Black, the actress who adapted The Edwardians (1930) for the stage. Black's adaptation opened at Croydon Rep. theatres on 19 September 1932. This poem, dedicated to her lover Dorothy Wellesley (1889-1956), was "an ambitious attempt to write a modern version of Virgil's Georgics by celebrating the annual round of the Kentish farming year" (ODNB). It was critically and commercially successful, and won Sackville-West the Hawthornden Prize in 1927. The artist, George Plank (1883-1965) was an American illustrator known for his long association with Vogue magazine, and was employed by Vita's mother, Lady Sackville, as an interior designer. The limited issue was printed on japon, and with engraved chapter headings not featured in the trade issue.

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Description

Quarto. Original japon-backed cream paper boards, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.

Illustrations

Woodcut frontispiece and 4 chapter headers.

Condition

Wear to very tips, slight marks to covers, notably at head of rear cover; a remarkably bright copy.

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