The Autobiography of Margot Asquith (Signed copies)
Signed by Margot Asquith, rebound in fine crushed morocco by Bumpus of London
1921 and 1922. Volume one is the thrid printing of the first edition, volume two is the first edition. Two volumes, complete. Hardbacks, rebound in half crushed morocco by Bumpus with five raised bands and simple gilt titling to spine. All edges gilt. Each 21.5 × 14cm, xiv + 302pp, 313pp.
Both copies have been signed ot the title page by Margot Asquith (as Margot Oxford and Asquith) and dated May 1945.
Illustrated with photographs, this is the autobiography of Margot Asquith (1864–1945), socialite, author and wit who was married to H H Asquith, the Liberal Prime Minister. As a young lady in society, she was a member of The Souls (an aristocratic group of intellectuals). She married in 1894 and propelled Herbert Asquith into the social circles, acting as a "spur to his ambition". She lead a colourful life, crossing swords with right-wing MPs and remaining outspoken against war. Of her writing, Dorothy Parker famusly wrote "The affair between Margot Asquith and Margot Asquith will live as one of the prettiest love stories in all literature."
This is a very nice set. The leather is in very good condition, with a little even fading to the spine. The gilding to the page edges is crisp. The interiors are in very good condition, with just a light amount of tanning and a very little light spotted foxing. Each book carries a vibrant bookplate by F M Pitcher of Gracy Williams of The Hall, Harrow Weald.
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