The Pursuit of Love

MITFORD, Nancy

INSCRIBED BY MITFORD

MITFORD, Nancy The Pursuit of Love

Hamish Hamilton, 1945.

First edition. Original blue cloth titled in gilt, in pictorial dustwrapper by Furze. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the title-page to Tony Gandarillas, "Tony whom I pursue in vain with love from Nancy, 12 Dec 1945". A very good copy, with the final page of text forming the rear pastedown, a variant possibly accounted for by wartime economies in printing or it being an trial or proof copy. The dustwrapper is in very good condition, uncommonly bright with a touch of wear to the edges.

Tony Gandarillas, a Chilean diplomat in the loosest of terms, was the foremost of the South American emigres in the Parisian beau monde between the wars. Consequently he became a great friend of Mitford's, with the affectionate inscription noting Gandarillas's infamous energy for sexual misadventure.
The Pursuit of Love is the first part of Mitford's popular trilogy about family life between the wars. Although she had been a published novelist since 1931, this is the book that established Mitford as a literary force.
Presentation copies of this novel are uncommon. Of the three we have encountered all are dated 12 December, two days after publication, suggesting they were author's copies to be distributed to close friends.

Stock ID: 39647

£3,500.00

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