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ORCZY, Baroness.

The League of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

London: Cassell and Company, Ltd, [1919] Stock Code: 128848
£4,500.00
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Presentation copy to Dennis Wheatley with autograph letter

First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Dennis Wheatley, "To Dennis Wheatley, kind thoughts from Emmuska Orczy, London 28.viii.35", with Wheatley's bookplate to the front pastedown. Accompanying the book is the autograph letter Orczy sent presenting the book, likewise dated 25 August 1935, following meeting Wheatley earlier in the month. In the single page letter Orczy thanks Wheatley for the receipt of some of his works, and invites him to visit her in Monte Carlo, for "a short stay in 'the den of sin' which is really an earthly paradise". This collection of short stories is the sixth book in The Scarlet Pimpernel series. Inscribed copies of Baroness Orczy's Scarlet Pimpernel series are uncommon.

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Description

Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine in gilt and blocked in blind to front cover, bottom edge untrimmed. With the dust jacket. [Together with:] Single sheet autograph letter (175 x 227 mm) on blue paper, hand written in black ink on one side only, folded twice, and integral blue paper envelope (120 x 95 mm), unstamped, addressed in manuscript in black ink.

Condition

Slight rubbing to extremities, upper corners of covers a little speckled, light foxing to edges, a very good, bright, copy in the uncommon, judiciously restored, jacket with paper reinforcements to spine ends, folds, and head of front panel, light soiling to spine and rear panel, and minor creasing to edges.

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