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John Herman Merivale
A COLLECTION OF BOOKS OWNED OR INSCRIBED BY JOHN ("JACK") MERIVALE, COMPRISING:
LOT SOLD. 938 GBP
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John Herman Merivale
A COLLECTION OF BOOKS OWNED OR INSCRIBED BY JOHN ("JACK") MERIVALE, COMPRISING:
LOT SOLD. 938 GBP
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Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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John Herman Merivale
1779 - 1844
A COLLECTION OF BOOKS OWNED OR INSCRIBED BY JOHN ("JACK") MERIVALE, COMPRISING:
i) Lord Alfred Douglas.  Sonnets. London: Rich and Cowan, 1935, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED TO VIVIEN LEIGH ("Vivien 1935 | p.50") on the front pastedown endpaper, original blue cloth; ii) [Augustus John]. Drawings. London: Faber & Faber, 1945, 4to, fifth impression, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED TO VIVIEN LEIGH ("for Vivien from John | see p.11") on the front free endpaper, original blue cloth, some light soiling to upper edge of first few leavesiii) [George Bernard Shaw]. Shaw on Music. New York: Doubleday Anchor Books, 1955, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED TO VIVIEN LEIGH ("Darling | The wrong collection | I fear : but for the | right girl. | With my love, | Jack | July 1st 1960") on the title page, original printed wrappers; iv) Jean Giraudoux. Duel of Angels. London: Methuen, 1958, 8vo, JOHN MERIVALE’S COPY with his ownership inscription dated 28 January 1960 and his annotations throughout, postcard portrait of Vivien Leigh loosely inserted, original maroon cloth; v) Joy Adamson. Born Free. New York: Pantheon Books, 1960, large 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED TO VIVIEN LEIGH ("For darling Vivien | who is beautiful and | only half-tame too! | With my love | Jack | 20.6.60. N.Y.") on the front free endpaper, original green cloth; vi) Philip and Cecil N. Sidney Woolf. Stendhal on Love. Mount Vernon: The Peter Pauper Press, [n.d.], large 8vo, WITH AN AUTOGRAPH NOTE LOOSELY INSERTED ("For my beloved Angelica; this book will explain to you far better than I can exactly how and why I love you - Jack"), original black cloth, all edges pink, slipcase (6)
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Catalogue Note

John Merivale, always known as Jack, had first met Vivien as an understudy in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1937, and again when he was cast in the 1940 production of Romeo and Juliet. However, it was not until he was cast alongside her in Giraudoux's Duel of Angels that they became close friend and, later, lovers. Whilst performing in New Haven, Jack apparently told Vivien, "It's terrible to have fallen in love with the most famous woman in the world."

Jack had a habit of giving books to Vivien with inscriptions directing her to certain pages or passages (see also lot 207). Their nicknames for each other with 'Angelica' (Vivien) and 'Angel' (Jack).

He later wrote, "She taught me so much, her appreciation, her taste in colours. She wanted to see everything that was good and going" (quoted in Vickers, Vivien Leigh (1988), p.1).

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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