Don't Tell Alfred

MITFORD, Nancy

INSCRIBED COPY WITH A.L.S.

MITFORD, Nancy Don't Tell Alfred

Hamish Hamilton, 1960.

First edition. Original green cloth, lettered gilt, in the pictorial dustwrapper by Cecil Beaton. Inscribed by Mitford to the half-title "Mr & Mrs Lane from Nancy Mitford". With: An unpublished autograph letter signed by Mitford to Mr Lane dated "16 July 1962, Venice". 2pp. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper, which has a shallow chip to the front panel.

Mitford adored Venice and for fifteen consecutive years spent each July there. This copy was inscribed for the Lanes during her visit there in July 1962, a couple she had socialised with that summer alongside Victor Cunard and Anna-Maria Cicogna, the latter being the dedicatee of this book.
The letter from Mitford loosely laid into this volume was written in lieu of a goodbye in person, thanking them for being so accommodating to her friends ("I shall never forget how angelic you were") and imploring them to visit her should they come to Paris.

PROVENANCE: Presentation inscription to half-title, and ownership inscription of "Lane, Venice" to the front endpaper.

Stock ID: 39645

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