Left Hand, Right Hand! the Complete Set of Autobiography

Comprising: Left Hand, Right Hand!; The Scarlet Tree; Great Morning; Laughter In The Next Room; and Noble Essences Or Courteous Revelations

SITWELL, Osbert

INSCRIBED TO E.M. FORSTER

SITWELL, Osbert Left Hand, Right Hand! the Complete Set of Autobiography Comprising: Left Hand, Right Hand!; The Scarlet Tree; Great Morning; Laughter In The Next Room; and Noble Essences Or Courteous Revelations

Macmillan, 1945.

Five volumes, all first UK editions. Publisher's original red cloth with gilt titling and decoration to the spine. All in pictorial dustwrappers with pictorial endpapers featuring the author's handprints. Each volume inscribed by Sitwell to E. M. Forster "For Morgan" on the half-title, dated on publication sometimes with a short epithet "With affection and admiration" (vol 1), "whose only fault is his invisibility" (vol 3). Forster's bookplate to each volume. A near fine set, in very good to near fine dustwrappers. The first volume shows chips to the spine ends and corners and internal repairs to the spine joints of the dustwrapper. Small chips to the head of the spine of volume three.

A magnificent association set.
"Osbert Sitwell combines sensibility, humaneness, and the desire to write well. The strands of the aristocrat, who wants to lead, and the artist who wants to create are finely combined" E. M. Forster reviewing the first volume for BBC Eastern Service, May 1945.
Forster was an acquaintance of Osbert Sitwell and his siblings, often meeting at social gatherings and poetry readings - one of which, in September 1943, was punctuated by a doodle-bug raid while Edith Sitwell read "Still Falls The Rain".
Though friends, Forster remained on the periphery of the Sitwells and their literary set, perhaps earning the inscription of the third volume; "For Morgan, whose only fault is his invisibility".

Stock ID: 36290

£2,500.00

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