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SPENDER Stephen - Autograph Card 1953 with copy of Valery's Poesies, inscribed

  • £325.00

Stephen SPENDER (1909-1995)

Paul Valéry, Poésies, signed and inscribed by Stephen Spender (“To Juliette with best wishes for 1953 and love from Stephen / Paris, Dec 29 1952 / Jan 1953”)
Together with an Autograph Message Signed (“Love from Stephen”) on a postcard printed with his St. John’s Wood address.
Poésies, 261pp. 8vo, in a 1950 Gallimard edition, message and dedication Paris, 29/30 December 1952. 
The autograph message explains that “This is not a very pretty edition but it was all I could find in a very rushed day at Paris. I hope it has all you want in it.
It is probable that the Juliette to whom the book is inscribed was the author Juliette Huxley, wife of the naturalist, Julian Huxley. Spender, Juliette and Julian Huxley as well Julian’s brother Aldous had all belonged to the circle of writers, artists and intellectuals who gathered around Ottoline Morrell at Garsington during the First World War and into the 1920s.
The book itself is slightly yellowed, with a visible stain on the cover signs of wear at the corner of the covers, but it is otherwise in good condition.


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