The Lyttelton Hart-Davis Letters
Complete in three paperback volumes, covering 1955–1962
1985—1987. Paperback, three volumes (complete). Each 21.5 × 13.5cm, 443pp, 370pp, 386pp.
George Lyttelton, a former master at Eton, once complained at a dinner at which Rupert Hart-Davis, former Eton pupil, publisher and man of letters, was present, that he was bored and that no one ever wrote to him. This is a collection of the celebrated correspondence that ensued. Rupert Hart-Davis reports from the front line of the London literary battlefield, when not pursuing Wildean minutiae for his famous edition of Oscar's letters, while George fulminates from his summerhouse on this age of jaw and how it darkens counsel. That thrawn old dyspeptic Carlyle is praised as much as the pernicious and joyless influence of F.R. Leavis is condemned. Equally, broad beans, fried sole and the right sort of cold ham are listed as foods never to be turned down. This three volume paperback edition contains the original six volumes of the George Lyttelton and Rupert Hart-Davis correspondence from 1955 to 1962.
All three books are in strong readable condition, though the spines are lightly creased, and volume 3 has a faded spine and all books have a previous owner's bookplate to the ffep which has puckered the page.