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The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Six volumes complete.

WOOLF, Virginia First editions; 8vo; original cloth and dust jackets. Edited by Nigel Nicolson, assistant editor Joanne Trautmann. The Flight of the Mind - 1888-1912 (1975), The Question of Things Happening - 1912-1922 (1976), A Change of Perspective - 1923-1928 (1977), A Reflection of the Other Person - 1929-1931 (1978), The Sickle Side of the Moon - 1932-1935 (1979), Leave the Letters Till We're Dead - 1936-1941 (1980). Volumes 1 to 4 are signed on the title page by Nigel Nicolson. Volume 5 is inscribed on the half title 'To Jean Turner from Nigel Nicolson June 23 1982 Sissinghurst Castle'. Volume 6 is inscribed on the half title 'Nigel Nicolson June 23 1982 Sissinghurst Castle.' Nicolson was the son of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West. He grew up at Sissinghurst Castle, where his parents created the famous garden. He and George Weidenfeld co-founded the publishing house Weidenfeld & Nicolson, of which he was a director from 1948 to 1992. He also worked as a broadcaster and was elected as Conservative MP for Bournemouth East and Christchurch in 1952. He was uncomfortable within the Tory party and voted with Labour to abolish hanging and abstained in a vote of confidence in the government over the Suez Crisis. He was forced out by his constituency association - his decision to publish Lolita didn't help his cause. Nicolson turned to writing and co-wrote a book on his parents, Portrait of a Marriage. It balanced a frank account of his bisexual parents' extramarital affairs with their enduring love for each other; it caused an uproar when it was published. Vita Sackville-West was the inspiration for the androgynous protagonist of Orlando: A Biography, by her friend and lover, Virginia Woolf. A fine set with little fading to the dust jacket spines. Rare to find inscribed by Nigel Nicolson.
Photograph Signed by Shostakovich

Photograph Signed by Shostakovich

SHOSTAKOVICH, Dmitri A black and white gelatin silver photograph 120mm by180mm. Signed to the front by Shostakovich. A fascinating photograph of the greatest composer of the the Twentieth Century, taken in the Moscow apartment of Tikhon Khrennikov by Khrennikov's wife Klara. Shostakovich appears to be enjoying himself immensely in the company of the French composer Henri Sauguet in the home of the person many regarded as his arch enemy. Khrennikov as described in his Daily Telegraph obituary the "despotic" First Secretary of the Union of Soviet Composers. "An acolyte of Stalin's who terrorised the country's leading composers - Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Aram Khachaturian and Alfred Schnittke among them - while claiming to protect them." In 1948, Stalin personally picked him to lead the Union of Soviet Composers. His first job was to attack abstract, "formalist" music in a speech at the First Congress of Composers in 1948, two months after the infamous Resolution of the Central Committee that condemned the "formalism" of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and others. "Enough of these symphonic diaries - these pseudo-philosophic symphonies hiding behind their allegedly profound thoughts and tedious self-analysis," he proclaimed. "Armed with clear party directives, we will stop all manifestations of formalism and popular decadence." In the next few years, Shostakovich composed three categories of work: film music to pay the rent, official works aimed at securing official rehabilitation, and serious works "for the desk drawer". The latter included the Violin Concerto No. 1 and the song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry. The year this photograph was taken Shostakovich joined the Communist Party which many saw as an act cowardice. On the other, his son recalled that the event reduced Shostakovich to tears, and he later told his wife Irina that he had been blackmailed.
Two Watercolours on Paper

Two Watercolours on Paper

BAWDEN, Edward Two watercolours. The first, 25 x 20cm, a courting couple in the form of two well dressed cats inscribed in red pen 'To Olive for a happy Christmas & (a little bit of) love, from Edward'. The second 23 x 20cm, a study of cats with angel and butterfly wings inscribed in black ink 'to Olive with love & best wishes for Christmas & the New Year from Edward. Together with a photograph by Edwin Smith of Olive Cook in her garden. Edward Bawden, CBE RA (1903–1989) was an English painter, illustrator and graphic artist, known for his prints, book covers, posters, and garden metalwork furniture. Bawden taught at the Royal College of Art, where he had been a student, worked as a commercial artist and served as a war artist in World War Two. Olive Cook (1912-2002) was best known for her work with her husband, the photographer Edwin Smith(1912–1971). In 1937, she began work at the National Gallery to become Supervisor of Publications, working closely with Sir Kenneth Clark on the removal of the gallery's treasures to slate mines at Blaenau Festiniog. Between 1952 and 1964, she was the English Representative for the Carnegie Institute at Pittsburgh and was a visiting tutor in painting and architecture at Denman College from 1956. One of the Smiths' favourite places was Great Bardfield, where Edward and Charlotte Bawden lived. After Smith's death in 1971, Cook managed his collection of negatives and prints and encouraged publishers to keep his work in the public eye. She edited Edwin Smith: photographs 1935-1971 (1984), and wrote a number of her own books, including Movement in Two Dimensions (1963), a study of the precursors of the cinema, some children's stories. with additions of Regency charm. The Smiths moved from Hampstead to Saffron Walden, in 1962, living a converted coach house overlooking fields. The garden was peopled with salvaged statuary and paved with broken crockery mosaics. When Edward Bawden moved to the town as a widower, Olive Cook was one of his closest companions and in the 1980s helped to establish the Fry Art Gallery with a collection of Great Bardfield artists. This was one of many places where she organised exhibitions of Edwin Smith's paintings and photographs, and her own exquisite collages. These two personal drawings show Olive Cook's love of cats. Bawden himself has long been associated with cats, at the age of seven he was enrolled at Braintree High School, and began studying or copying drawings of cats by Louis Wain and of course he designed the PBFA logo. Both watercolours are framed a glazed. Both a little creased and have folds from being posted.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Career in Progressive Democracy

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Career in Progressive Democracy

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D.: Ernest K. Lindley First edition; 8vo; original cloth boards and dust jacket. Superb Roosevelt family association copy, with a gift inscription from Sara Delano Roosevelt, FDR,s mother to her brother Frederic A Delano on the first front free end paper. Below Sara's inscription there is a Christmas card of Roosevelt as Governor of New York sent to Frederic and inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt under the printed dedication: 'ER & FDR'. Frederic A Delano's bookplate to the front paste down. On the half title a photograph of Hyde Park inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt has been tipped in. Laid in is a typed letter signed from Frederic A Delano to his nephews and nieces, 'the grandchildren of my father and mother'. Dated 10th September 1932, he exhorts his family to support FDR as 'a candidate for the highest office in the gift of the people. Franklin has been in the fierce glare of public life for 25 years. In that time he has inevitably made some mistakes. but, after honest and fair consideration, I feel that he is a man I am proud to own as a relative and I hope you, too, will feel that way and will support' . The book has been heavily annotated by Frederic in pencil. The book came to form part of the FDR collection of the Director of the Morgan Library and son of one of FDR's cousins, Frederick B Adams. Adams became a passionate bibliophile who served as director of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City for two decades and compiled a significant personal collection relating to F.D.R. In 1969 he married his third wife, a Swiss princess, with whom he shared the final years of his life in France. Adams' move to Europe and his books were sold in the United Kingdom. The 'A career in Progressive Democracy' was the first full length publication about Roosevelt. Very good, with spine faded in a very good dust jacket with wear to the extremities and small chip to top of front cover.
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D-Day Intelligence Notebook.

SECOND WORLD WAR: STONBOROUGH, John Jerome A small notebook; 8vo; hole-punched and contained in a limp leather Walker's loose leaf notebook folder. Stonborough's ownership signature. A total of approximately 30 pages in blue ink plus one typed page of Adolf Hitler quotes, remaining leaves blank. Major John Jerome Stonborough (1912-2002), was an American serving in the Canadian Army during World War II as an intelligence officer and interpreter. The book begins with the dated heading '16 Apr 44 Forthcoming Operations - Operation "Overlord"' and giving brief notes of his activities across five pages until the end of July, he goes on to note a message which orders '. shoot strike leaders forthwith or else shoot every tenth man every half hour until strike leaders have confessed. Then shoot same Sep. 44', various technical German army notes and hierarchy structure, etc. John Jerome Stonborough was the second son of the wealthy American and art collector Jerome Stonborough and Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein, of the prominent and largely Viennese Wittgenstein family, sister of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the pianist Paul Wittgenstein. Although a US citizen, Stonborough served in the Canadian army during the Second World War as an intelligence officer and interpreter. He married the daughter of a distinguished Northumberland family, Veronica Morrison-Bell (daughter of Sir Claude William Hedley Morrison-Bell, 2nd Baronet), and after the war lived between Britain and Austria, dying in Dorset.