First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author. Publisher's original black cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the somewhat rubbed and nicked dustwrapper that is also faded to the spine. Not price-clipped (45s net to the front flap).
Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front endpaper "To Ernest Fowler - / Violet Bonham Carter / 1965" underneath which Anthony Asquith has inscribed "For Ernest / wishing him Bobby and Ernie / all possible happiness from / the author's brother / Tony". Scarce and possibly unique thus. The politician and diarist Violet Bonham Carter (nee Asquith) was the daughter of British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. She was Sir Winston Churchill's closest female friend, with the exception of his wife, and a much-esteemed orator and perceptive thinker on politics and policy issues, dedicated to classic Liberal politics in the mould of her father. She spoke on many platforms throughout the 1920s and 1930s, and like Churchill was very early aware on the dangers of European fascism. Th leading British film director Anthony Asquith was longtime friend and colleague of Terence Rattigan, the two collaborating successfully on ten films including The Winslow Boy (1948) and The Browning Version (1951). His other notable films include George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (1938), French Without Tears (1940), The Way to the Stars (1945) and a 1952 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
Stock code: 19588