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A COLLECTION OF BOOKS INSCRIBED BY FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES AND ADMIRERS, COMPRISING:
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Inscribed Books
A COLLECTION OF BOOKS INSCRIBED BY FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES AND ADMIRERS, COMPRISING:
LOT SOLD. 1,625 GBP
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Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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Inscribed Books
A COLLECTION OF BOOKS INSCRIBED BY FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES AND ADMIRERS, COMPRISING:
55 volumes:

Anna Swanwick. Dramatic Works of Goethe. London: George Bell & Sons, 1878, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“Vivian - | I am proud, happy | and honoured | to be in a | preface with | you - | love | Alan[?] | Hollywood 1967”) on the verso of the frontispiece around a previous ownership inscription, original green cloth, cloth a little worn

Georges D’Hailly. Rachel. D’après sa Correspondance. Paris: Libraries des Bibliophiles 1882, large 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Vivien Leigh | With sincere admiration | for your great talent, from | Lia Félix’s grandson | Ralph Crawshaw | 29/3/41”) beneath the dedication, half green calf over marbled boards, Crawshaw family business card laid down to endpaper, small section of title cut away (not affecting text)

William Shakespeare. The Tempest. London: Chapman & Hall, 1908, 4to, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY RONALD "TRADER" FAULKNER (“Dearest Vivien | Thought you might | like some of the | illustrations as much | as I do. | All luck possible | for to-night! | & God Bless | Trader”) on the half-title, original green cloth gilt;

W.B. Yeats. Poems. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1927, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“Viv | 3rd January 1930 | from Arthur”) on the front free endpaper, original green cloth, one spot of soiling to upper board;

F. Tennyson Jesse. Trial of Madeleine Smith. Edinburgh and London: William Hodge & Company, 1927, 8vo, later edition, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To pass the time | while Larry is away, and | [?], my darling Vivien | with F[?]XXX’s love | (And I’m sure my | interpretation of the 2 | chief characters in right!) | (The first time the letters have been | printed in their entirety. 7.) | Xmas 1945”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth;

Die Minnesinger in Bildern der Manessischen Handschrift. Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, [1929?], 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY DR RUDOLF KOMMER (“To remind you of another | Germany, dear Vivien. | devotedly, | Kaetchen | New York – Christmas – 1939”) on the front free endpaper, original patterned boards;

Julian Huxley. Bird-Watching and Bird Behaviour. London: Dennis Dobson, 1930, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (Vide p.98 | To | Vivi | from | Steve | with love and affection | and in self defence”) on the front free endpaper, autograph letter loosely inserted (“Dearest Vivi, Here is the book I told you I was going to send you. I ordered in two years ago after you said: “I hate birds”; but got it only two days ago… Give my love to Larry. I loved his Venus and The Party and him and you and your Blanche […] That American book you gave me us mostly rubbish…”), dated 14 February 1950, section on p.98 highlighted in orange pencil, original green cloth;

Mary Webb. Gone to Earth. London: Jonathan Cape, 1930, 8vo, reprint, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“Wishing Viv a very | happy birthday. | from Pat. | November 5th 1931”) on the front free endpaper, original green cloth;

Maurice Baring. Selected Poems. London: William Heinemann, 1930, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“Wishing you | the happiest of | birthdays, Viv, darling | from | Pat. | November 5th 1931”) on the front free endpaper, original green cloth;

Karl Stieler. Ein Winteridyll und Lieder eines fahrenden Schülers. Berlin: Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaft, [no date], 8vo, presentation copy inscribed in German to Vivien Leigh and dated December 1930 on the front free endpaper, original patterned boards;

A.P. Herbert. A Book of Ballads. London: Ernest Benn Limited, 1931, 8vo, with a card loosely inserted (“Forbes Call for small parcel Miss Vivien Leigh Stage Door Haymarket SW”), original blue cloth, head of spine torn;

Mabel Ulrich. Man, Proud Man. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1932, 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY PROBABLY INSCRIBED BY HAMISH (Jamie) HAMILTON (“This will tell you all | (or nearly all) about | MEN. JH 1932”) on the front free endpaper, original blue cloth;

March Cost. A Man Named Luke. London: Collins, 1933, 8vo, ninth impression, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To | Vivien | from A.W | Try it – anyway!”) on the front free endpaper, original maroon cloth;

Helen Waddell. The Abbé Prévost. London: Constable and Company, 1933, 8vo, number 610 of 750 signed copies, WITH A LETTER FROM SIBYL COLEFAX (“Darling Vivien, All possible good wished for Xmas […] House. Lovely success that’s [?] a sure thing and every conceivable unexpected as well as foreseen delight. This is a lovely little play not for acting to read. The vase must be made into a lamp…”) AND A LETTER FROM JOHN FOWLER (Darling Viv, The bleaching of the lovely damask curtains has not been the success I had hoped for...") LOOSELY INSERTED, original vellum backed boards, dust-jacket;

The Pulitzer Prize Plays. New York: Random House, 1935, large 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY DR RUDOLF KOMMER (“For Vivien | devotedly | Kaetchen | New York – Christmas - 1938”) on the front free endpaper, original blue cloth; 

Deutsche Gedichte in Handschriften. Leipzig: Insel-Verlag [1935?], tall 8vo, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY DR RUDOLF KOMMER (“Fuer Vivien Leigh | herzlichst | Kaetchen | New York – Weihnachten - 1939”) on the front free endpaper, original vellum backed boards, boards a little faded at spine;

Charles Morgan. Epitaph on George Moore. London: Macmillan & Co., 1935, small 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“ To Viv | from | Pat | Xmas 1935”) on the front free endpaper, original cloth backed marbled boards; 

Maurice Baring. Darby and Joan. London: William Heinemann, 1935, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Vivien | Heaven gave us | merry, merry days! | Maud”) on the half-title, original green cloth; 

W. Adlington [trans]. Apuleius. London: William Heinemann, 1935, small 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“For Vivien, | this Milesian Tale | to wish her all that | can be most entrancing | in 1943 | from John | 4th Jan 1943”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth; 

H.E. Bates. Through the Woods. London: Victor Gollancz, 1936, 4to, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Vivien | from | Pat | Xmas 1937”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth; 

George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith. The Diary of a Nobody. London: Arrowsmith, 1937, small 8vo, reprint, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien and Larry (“To Larry & Vivien | God Keep you | safeuntil | we meet again! | Helen and John”) on the half-title below ownership signature of “Helen William[?]”, original green cloth; 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Iphigenie auf Tauris. Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1938, 8vo, facsimile of the autograph manuscript, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED IN GERMAN BY DR RUDOLF KOMMER ("Kaetchen") and dated “New York – Weihnachten – 1939” on the front free endpaper, original boards, slipcase; 

Graham Greene. Brighton Rock. New York: The Viking Press, 1938, 8vo, FIRST EDITION, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“For Vivien | With my love | Keith | Nov 1940”) on the front free endpaper, telegram to Larry and Vivien from Lee Eleanor Graham (“Hope you and Mr Olivier can come in for cocktails tomorrow…”) dated 23 November 1940 loosely inserted, original black and red cloth; 

T.H. White. The Sword in the Stone. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1939, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Viv - | for a prez | BXXXX | (+Ronnie)” on the verso of the front free endpaper, original blue cloth, cloth slightly worn

Ward Morehouse. Forty-five minutes past eight. New York: The Dial Press, 1939, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Vivien Leigh | of Tara and points south | - she also knows her Atlanta and Peachtree | Street and probably | shares my deep affection | for both […] Chicago | May 3 1940”) on the front free endpaper, original tan cloth; 

Eric Gill. Autobiography. London: Jonathan Cape, 1940, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“Vivien | with love from | Jehane | Nov. 5th 1941”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth; 

Lewis Carroll. The Hunting of the Snark. London: Chatto and Windus, 1941, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“Vivien – | way back in 1931, was it, | you drove us into a field on | the way to Burford for breakfast | after the OUDS supper. Presuming on that old acquaintance, | and taking courage from | my admiration, I am | writing to wish you a | happy Xmas […] John Irvine”) on the front free endpaper, original yellow cloth; 

Ronsard. Choix de Poèmes. Lyon: IAC, 1942, 12mo, presentation copy inscribed (“Floreat Regina! With love & homage from Otosotos”) on the dust-jacket, original printed boards, purple paper dust-jacket; 

Walter de la Mare. Love. London: Faber and Faber, 1943, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Vivien | with our fondest love | from | Tony and Ann | November 5th 1943”) on the front free endpaper, original pale blue cloth, cloth faded; 

Fred Stoker. A Book of Lillies. London: The King Penguin Books, 1943, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed (“Dear “Crusin” [?] | Good luck for | the Old Vic Season | No ii | and some suggestions | for the monastic[?] | garden? | Affectionately | Billie | Sept 26 45”) on the front free endpaper, original printed boards; 

Sydney R. Jones. Thames Triumphant. London: The Studio Publications, 1943, large 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Vivien | from | Dan | Apr 20 44”), original blue cloth;

Eric Maclagan. The Bayeux Tapestry. London: The King Penguin Books, 1943, small 8vo, presentation copy inscribed (“With best wishes | from | T.S. Wilding”) on the front pastedown endpaper, original printed boards;

William A. Younger. The Dreaming Falcons. London: Hutchinson, [1944], 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien and Larry (“To dearest Vivien + Larry | With all love | from | Ann | Christmas 1944”) on the front free endpaper, original blue cloth; 

John Steinbeck. Cannery Row. London: William Heinemann, 1946, 8vo, first Australian edition, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“Dear Vivien | I hope you | enjoy these feckless | people as much as | I do | Love Joey[?]”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth; 

Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias. New York: G. Schirmer, [c.1946], folio, printed music, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien and Larry (“To Larry and Vivien | for singing for fun - | Helen”) on the upper wrapper, original printed wrappers; 

J.K. Stanford. The Twelfth. London: Faber & Faber, 1946, 8vo, eighth impression, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“Darling Vivian from | Bran[?] | 1958”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth, dust-jacket, jacket in two pieces; 

Sophocles. Oedipus the King. Oedipus at Colonus. Antigone. London: William Heinemann, 1946, small 8vo, reprint, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Vivien Leigh | with homage | from | Richard Goulden […] March 1949” on the front free endpaper, original green cloth;

Richard Aldington. Poetry of the English-Speaking World. London: William Heinemann, 1947, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien and Larry (“For Larry and Viv | with much love from | Pat & Frere[?] | Christmas 1948”) on the half-title, original blue cloth; 

William James. The Order of Release. London: John Murray, 1947, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Vivien with | fondest love | Mouse | February 48”) on the front free endpaper, original blue cloth; 

Paul Gallico. The Snow Goose. London: Michael Joseph, 1947, 4to, inscribed with a quotation from Keats (“Beauty is truth…”) on the front free endpaper, original blue cloth, dust-jacket, jacket worn at extremities; 

Salvador Dali. Hidden Faces. London: Nicholson & Watson, 1947, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien and Larry (“For Vivien and Larry | a perfect summer Sunday | 27 July 1947 | Saville [?] E.P.”) on the front free endpaper, original black cloth; 

Barbara Jones. The Unsophisticated Arts. London: The Architectural Press, 1951, 4to, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY ORSON WELLES (“For Vivien | from | Orson”) with a drawing of a face and a pierced heart on the front free endpaper, original black cloth, dust-jacket, jacket worn with some loss

Matthew Arnold. Matthew Arnold: Poetry and Prose. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1954, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“V.L.O | from | A.B. | Spring 1954”) on the front free endpaper, original blue cloth; 

Antoine de Saint-Exupèry. Le Petit Prince. Paris: Gallimard, 1954, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“For Vivien | with | best love | M.”) on a preliminary blank, original patterned cloth, dust-jacket, jacket soiled at spine

Stendhal. Scarlet and Black. London: Penguin Books, 1955, 8vo, reprint, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY "TRADER" FAULKNER (“7-9-1955 | Darling Viv | With Affection | & Deep gratitude | Trader”) on the front free endpaper, original printed wrappers; 

Ivan T. Sanderson. Follow the Whale. New York: Bramhall House, 1956, 8vo, with an envelope and short note (“The fervent hope that it won’t be too long before we meet again. All love and blessings – XXXXX”) loosely inserted, original blue cloth, dust-jacket; 

Eric Wollencott Barnes. The Man who lived twice. New York: Charless Scriber’s Sons, 1956, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Vivien Leigh | from | The Harvard J Lecture [?] Collection | Helen D. Willud, CXXX | March 12, 1966”) on the front free endpaper, original grey-blue cloth over grey boards; 

Eric Bentley. The Classic Theatre. Volume Two. Five German Plays. New York: Doubleday Anchor Books, 1959, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Vivien Leigh | with love, respect | and deep | admiration | Hollywood – in | the time of Ship | of Fools 1964 | AXXX GXXX”) on the half-title, original printed wrappers; 

C.H.V. Sutherland. Gold. London: Thames and Hudson, 1959, large 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“For Vivien | with the hope that | her nights will always | be filled with | “Soqui[?] d’oro” | and the days | with light - | my love always | Robin[?] | for Xmas 1959”) on the front free endpaper, original green cloth, dust-jacket, jacket worn

Glenn D. Kittler. The Maryknoll Fathers. Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1961, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (March 5, 1966 | To Miss Vivien Leigh […] Prayerfully - | Jim Huvane | Tom Murphy | John Deutsch | Ed Downey | John Eybel | Don Glover | Joe Gragziano”) on the front free endpaper, original red cloth, dust-jacket; 

Irving Layton [ed.] Love where the nights are long. Canadian Love Poems. Toronto: MaClelland and Stewart, 1962, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“dear Vivien | To remember | our first | meeting in | Toronto. | love Robin[?]”) on the front free endpaper, original printed wrappers; 

John Morris. A Winter in Nepal. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1963, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh with five signatures, original green cloth over red boards; 

Laurence Whistler. The Initials in the Heart. London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1964, 8vo, two telegrams to Vivien Leigh dated 1964 loosely inserted, original blue cloth, dust-jacket; 

Lena Horne and Richard Schickel. Lena. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1965, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Vivien | with love | from | David | Nov’66”) on the half-title, original black cloth; 

Osbert Lancaster. With an eye to the future. London: John Murray, 1967, 8vo, presentation copy inscribed to Vivien Leigh (“To Viv! | love | Mike | 31 May 67”) on the front free endpaper, original yellow cloth, dust-jacket (55)


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Catalogue Note

Ronald "Trader" Faulkner (b.1927) was born in Australia, but is best known for his work in the UK. He played alongside Vivien and Larry in John Gielgud's Twelfth Night in 1955.

Dr Rudolph Kommer (1885/6-1943) worked closely with Max Reinhardt, and was a great friend of Lady Diana Cooper. 

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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