The Song Book.
With an introduction & annotations. Illustrated in colour & black & white by Gladys Clathrop. Frontispiece Portrait by Clemence Dane.London: Michael Joseph, 1953 Stock Code: 144276
First edition, first impression, inscribed on the title page "For Ruth Heard, with best wishes, Noel Coward". This handsome album collects 51 of Coward's most famous songs of four decades, and is uncommon signed and in the jacket.
Quarto. Original cloth, yellow back and grey sides, titles gilt to spine and front, grey endpapers, top edge yellow. With dust jacket.
Colour frontispiece and plates, line drawings in the text.
Gift inscription to front free endpaper to "Darling Ruthie" from "Leonard". Corners a touch bumped, the binding otherwise sharp, light dust-soiling to edges with small ink stain to bottom edge, else internally clean. A very good copy in the good jacket, corners chipped, extremities rubbed, light dust-soiling, else unfaded, not price-clipped.
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