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195
Novels
A COLLECTION OF NOVELS, COMPRISING:
Estimate
1,5002,500
LOT SOLD. 1,750 GBP
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195
Novels
A COLLECTION OF NOVELS, COMPRISING:
Estimate
1,5002,500
LOT SOLD. 1,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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Novels
A COLLECTION OF NOVELS, COMPRISING:
i) Jaroslav Hasek. The Good Soldier Schweik. London: Heinemann, 1930, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“Dear Vivien | I hope you | will have some fun | with this book, but | please believe me | the struggle for liberty | is now going on in | our country in much | less humourous forms. | Love | [XXXX]”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth;

ii) Thornton Niven Wilder. The Bridge of San Luis Rey. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1931, 8vo, with Vivien Leigh’s ownership inscription on the front endpaper, original maroon cloth;

iii) Nora Waln. The House of Exile. Hamburg: The Albatross, 1934. 8vo, ONE OF 12 COPIES PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, PRESENTATION COPY EXTENSIVELY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“…given to her neighbour and friend Vivien Leigh with the hope it may give to her some measure of return for the pleasure, he inspiration, and the wisdom her talents have given me…”) beneath the limitation, half green calf over marbled boards, spine bumped at foot

iv) Cecil Lewis. Sagittarius Rising. London: Peter Davies, 1936, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“To Vivien Leigh - | fascinating actress | From Cecil Lewis - | fascinating author. | 13.8.36”) on a preliminary blank, original buckram;

v) Axel Munthe. The Story of San Michele. London: John Murray, 1936, large 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“To Vivien Leigh | from a new admirer | Axel Munthe”) on the front free endpaper, with a note from John Murray paperclipped in (“It must be rare for promises, made in the late hours, to be fulfilled…”), original buckram, some soiling

vi) John Brophy. Gentleman of Stratford. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1940, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“For Vivien Leigh | whom Shakespeare (unless | this book is nonsense) would | have been delighted to | applaud. | John Brophy | 7.iv.42”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth; 

vii) Norman Collins. Anna. London: Collins, 1942, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“To Vivien Leigh | from | Norman Collins | September | 1942”) on the front free endpaper, original blue cloth, cloth soiled, spine faded;

viii) John Brophy. The Human Face. London: George G. Harrap, 1945, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“For | Vivien Leigh | To wish her everything good in the world. | John Brophy | 7th November 1945”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth;

ix) John Brophy. Portrait of an Unknown Lady. London: Collins, 1945, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“For Vivien Leigh | and Laurence Olivier | To wish them well. | John Brophy | 2nd March 1945”) on the front free endpaper, scattered authorial corrections throughout, original red orange cloth;

x) John Brophy. The Mind’s Eye. London: Arthur Baker, 1949, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“For Rachel and Michael Redgrave | with much affection | and admiration | John Brophy | October 1949”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth, binding a little worn, some spotting

xi) Ginette Spainer. Nothing Really Happened to Us. c.1950, typescript of a unpublished novel, 372pp., rectos only, title written in ink on a preliminary blank, original wrappers;

xii) Mary MacLaren. The Twisted Heart. New York: Exposition Press, 1952, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“August 3, 1960 | To Vivien Leigh: | with the profound | admiration of the | author - | Mary MacLaren”) on the front free endpaper, original teal cloth; 

xiii) Peter Viertel. White Hunter, Black Heart. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1953, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“To Vivien | Once you get in | the habit of delivering | books, you never | know where to stop | love | Peter”) on the front free endpaper, his ownership inscription crossed through, original black cloth, dust-jacket, dust-jacket a little worn

xiv) Paul Gallico. Ludmila. London: Michael Joseph, 1955, 8vo PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“Christmas greetings and love to | Larry and Vivien | Paul Gallico”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth over marbled boards; 

xv) Gerald Kersh. Fowlers End. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1957, 8vo, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR (“Greetings - | Gerald Kersh”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth over blue boards, dust-jacket, dust-jacket browned on verso

xvi) Christine Arnothy. Those Who Wait. London: Collins, 1957, 8vo PRESENTATION COPY EXTENSIVELY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR IN FRENCH (“A Vivien Leigh, la grande actrice qu’admire et aime le monde entire…”) on the front free endpaper, original black cloth, dust-jacket, jacket a little worn with some tears

xvii) Garson Kanin. Blow up a Storm. London: Heinemann, 1960, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“Dearest Vivien, Baba | Puss - | and this is | the mocking bird! | With old new love | and new old love | across the too many, | too few years. | Garson | NYC | 6.8.60”) on the front free endpaper, original black cloth; 

xviii) Kay Dick. Sunday. London: Hutchinson, 1962, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY EXTENSIVELY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“Dear Miss Vivien – I meant to send you this immediately […] but I found I had no spare copies at the time. This is a rather ‘faded’ copy…”) on the front free endpaper, original blue cloth, dust-jacket; 

xix) Alpha de Monte. O’Hara. Bayreuth: Hestia, 1963, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“To Miss | Vivien Leigh | of whom I though | as the heroine when | I wrote this novel. | Affectionately | Alpha de Monte”) on the front free endpaper, original white cloth, dust-jacket, lower panel of dust-jacket worn

xx) Wolf Mankowitz. Cockatrice. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1963, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“For my dearest Vivien | with love & love from | Wolf Mankowitz”) on the title page, original blue cloth; 

xxi) Paul Horgan. Things as they are. New York: Farrar, Straus and Company, 1964, 8vo, fourth printing, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“For Vivien Leigh | with gratitude and affection | for her many superb | creations in theatre | Paul Horgan | 1966”) on the front endpaper, original black cloth, dust-jacket; 

xxii) Garson Kanin. Remembering Mr. Maugham. New York: Atheneum, 1966, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (“NYC | Nov [?] 66 | This one is for my | beloved Vivien - | with thanks for | so many years and | hopes for so many | more. And a kiss. | Gar | (Please try to like | you part in this!)”) on the front free endpaper, original blue cloth (22)


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Catalogue Note

Vivien, accompanied by Oswald Frewen, visited Axel Munthe on Capri in the autumn of 1936. The Oliviers were conveniently holidaying nearby, and Vivien, Oswald, Larry and Jill spent a number of happy days together. It is likely that is was during this trip that Munthe promised Vivien an inscribed copy of The Story of San Michele, which arrived from the publishers. Many of the other books in this lot are inscribed by their authors including Vivien's friends Garson Kanin and Ginette Spainer.

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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London