Windlestraw (Signed copy)
Signed by Stephen Tennant, the poet's son and famous socialite
Early printing, hardback. Cloth spine with blue paper covered boards, printed titling to spine and upper board. Pages untrimmed. 20.5 × 15cm, xv + 100pp.
This copy has been signed by Stephen Tennant, the poet's son, to the ffep, "Ethel from Stephen, with love". Stephen Tennant (1906–87) was a socialite, once called "the brightest" of the Bright Young Things and was one of the inspirations for Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited. This is an early signature, his later ones became intricate and florid. For comparison, please see Christie's sale 23/11/2011, lot 34.
Full title: Windlestaw, A Book of Verse with Legends in Rhyme of the Plants and Animals.
A book of verse from Pamela Tennant (Lady Glenconner, later Viscountess Grey), one of The Souls. She was painted by John Singer Sargent with her sisters and counted Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Edward Burne-Jones in her circle.
This copy is in very good condition. The boards have minor bumping with a little tanning to the edges, as have the untrimmed pages. There is browning to the endpapers but the main body of text is in good, clean condition, though page 47 has a small stain to the margin, not affecting text. there is a further inscription of a previous owner under Stephen Tennant's autograph.