The Squire.London: William Heinemann, 1938 Stock Code: 147981
First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed "For Irene from Enid, September 1938" on Bagnold's headed stationary, with her Rottingdean home address, pasted onto the front free endpaper.
The recipient was likely Irene Mayer Selznick, wife of David O. Selznick, an important influence on Bagnold, and who produced the world premiere of Bagnold's play The Chalk Garden (1956).
The Squire, "which she and many others considered her best, was a daringly outspoken description of the relationship between a mother (unmistakably herself) and the child to whom she gives birth... Her intimate friend Vita Sackville-West wrote of her in an unpublished poem: I never loved you, Enid, save as a friend, / But as a friend I loved you nearly, dearly, / You wild rash girl, so young, less flesh than bones, / And then came Jones, and flesh succumbed to Jones / And domesticity destroyed you in the end" (ODNB). he Jones in question was Sir (George) Roderick Jones (1877-1962), chairman and managing director of Reuters, whom she married in 1920 and with whom she lived at Rottingdean.
Octavo. Original pink cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt. With dust jacket.
8 pp. of publisher's advertisements at end.
Corners gently bumped, the binding otherwise sound, front hinge partially cracked after free endpaper but holding, internally clean. A very good copy in very good jacket, spine panel sunned, light wear and closed tears to edges, not price-clipped.
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