The Seraphim Room.London: Faber & Faber, 1932 Stock Code: 130838
Presentation copy to Stephen TennantFirst edition, first impression, presentation copy to the author's close friend Stephen Tennant, inscribed "For my dearest Stephen from Edith October 1932" on the front free endpaper. The writer, aesthete, and "Bright Young Thing" Stephen Tennant (1906-1987) was Olivier's neighbour in Wiltshire, his beloved childhood home Wilsford Manor being just seven miles away from Olivier's house on the Wilton estate, where she played host to many of the leading artistic set of the time, including Cecil Beaton, Siegfried Sassoon,and William Walton.
1932, the year of Olivier's inscription, was a particularly troubled time for Tennant; he was diagnosed as neurasthenic and admitted to the Cassel Hospital, and his tumultuous romance with Sassoon had almost completely unravelled.
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge pale red, others uncut.
Spine slanted and ends very slightly bruised, small surface burn to front cover, endpapers a little foxed, a very good copy.
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