To the Boating,
and other stories.London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1945 Stock Code: 137337
First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "To Dokter Hell, from Inez Holden, August 1950". Beatrice Inez Holden (1903-1974) was a British author and journalist whose work was admired by the likes of Graham Greene and Anthony Powell. A glamorous socialite, Holden became a close friend and lover to George Orwell after they were introduced at a dinner party held by H. G. Wells in 1941. To the Boating was published in the same year as Orwell's Animal Farm.
Octavo. Original orange cloth, letters and decoration to spine in black.
Very good copy, the binding square and firm, contents lightly stained and foxed, without ownership marks. In the original dust jacket, with spine toned, couple of chips to head of spine, not price-clipped.
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