1922 The New Decameron
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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding
The first edition of this work.
From the library of Victoria Sackville, with her Knole bookplate to the front paste down. This was the mother of Vita Sackville-West, who contributed to this volume.
Knole is a large country house in Kent, ranked as one of the top five largest houses in England. Dating back to the mid fifteenth-century, with its association with the Sackville family beginning in 1603. Before this, Queen Elizabeth granted the estate to her cousin, Thomas Sackville, though he had to buy the lease from its currently owner, Robert Dudley, the favourite of Queen Elizabeth.
Vita Sackville-West was a noted Bloomsbury author, well known today for her friendship and relationship with fellow author, Virginia Woolf. Sackville-West provided the inspiration for Woolf's beloved novel 'Orlando'. Sackville-West was also a noted garden designer at her house Sissinghurst, the garden of which is still celebrated today.
The third volume of 'The New Decameron', a modern retelling of the classical work, with story contributions by Compton Mackenzie, D. H. Lawrence, Desmond Coke, Michael Sadleir, and more.
One page of publisher's adverts to the rear.
In the original publisher's quarter cloth binding, with paper to the boards. Externally, smart, with some light marks to the boards and spine. Light bumping to the spine and extremities, resulting in a little loss of paper to the extremities. Light spots to the spine label. Bookplate to the front paste down. Bookseller's label to the rear paste down. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean, with just a couple of light spots. Vita's name underlined in pencil to the title page.
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