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: 144519
A lovely association copyFirst edition, first impression, inscribed on the title page to the author and one time "King of Redonda", Jon Wynne-Tyson (1924-2020) "For Jon, from Noël, 1954", the year he founded the Centaur Press, and with his ink ownership inscription to front pastedown. Uncommon signed and in the jacket, this album collects 51 of Coward's most famous songs of four decades.
The recipient's mother, the actress, author, and philosopher Esmé Wynne-Tyson (1898-1972) was a close friend, confidante, and collaborator of Noël Coward, whom she had met while acting in the West End "Where the Rainbow Ends" in 1911.
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.
5 press cuttings about Coward, dated 1961 to 1965, loosely inserted.
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