The Littlest One (Signed copy)
This copy has been signed and inscribed by Italia Conti, the actress and founder of the acting school
Early printing, hardback with printed titling to spine and gilt titling and silhouette to upper board. 19 × 13cm, 46pp.
This copy has been signed by Italia Conti, the actress and founder of the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. She has signed "Dorothy Secker with love from Italia Conti / Victoria Palace "Where the Rainbow Ends", New Years Day 1920 / In memory of the 'Tiny Fairy'". Dorothy Secker was an actress in the play, Where the Rainbow Ends. It was during an earlier production of this play that the theatre manager Charles Hawtrey asked Conti to train the children, which led to the foundation of her acting school.
Illustrated with four colour plates by Margaret Tarrant, this is a collection of poetry for children presaging A A Milne's verse in style and content.
The book is quite worn, with heavy rubbing to the corners. The pages are lightly foxed throughout and one plate is detached. However, Italia Conti's signature is quite a rare one.