Selected Poems of Alice Meynell [with an A.L.S. by the author to her publisher, John Lane]. Alice Meynell.
Selected Poems of Alice Meynell [with an A.L.S. by the author to her publisher, John Lane].
Selected Poems of Alice Meynell [with an A.L.S. by the author to her publisher, John Lane].
Selected Poems of Alice Meynell [with an A.L.S. by the author to her publisher, John Lane].
Selected Poems of Alice Meynell [with an A.L.S. by the author to her publisher, John Lane].

Selected Poems of Alice Meynell [with an A.L.S. by the author to her publisher, John Lane].

1930. London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., n.d. [1930].

8vo, xi, 58 pp. Original green cloth, gilt device on upper board, gilt title on backstrip; backstrip faded, faint light stain to lower corner of both boards, endpapers toned, without dust-jacket. Inscribed and extra-illustrated by Wilfrid Meynell (see below).

§ Inscribed and extra-illustrated by Alice Meynell's husband Wilfrid, with an original A.L.S. from Alice Meynell to her publisher, John Lane, pasted in. An interesting copy of this posthumous poetry selection printed by the Nonesuch Press, embellished for what must have been a close acquaintance. The front free endpaper is inscribed "To 'Albert the Best,' with the congratulations of Wilfrid Meynell June 1933." Two clipped reproductions of portraits of Alice have been affixed to the front and read endpapers and captioned by hand; to the rear pastedown is affixed an A.L.S. by Alice, captioned "Letter she wrote to her Publisher, John Lane, in 1901, when a guest of Mrs Tobin." The 1-page letter on onion paper (folded, in very good condition), has the printed letter head "Taylor and California Streets, San Francisco," the longtime address of the Tobins, one of the founding families of San Francisco. Mrs Tobin is almost certainly Mary Ann Tobin, the mother of writer Alice Tobin who became close friends with the Meynells in London. The letter reads in part:

"My dear Mr. Lane, Thank you very much indeed for so promptly seeing Major Pond(?). I should like him to be my impresario altogether... I am enjoying America greatly. I never saw in any people such a generous welcoming spirit. They would rather over-praise and over-celebrate you; they wish to think the best - which is most pleasant as well as the height of good breeding. Nothing has struck me so much as this..."

The Tobin family were great champions of Alice Meynell in San Francisco. After her death, a memorial lecture delivered by Celia Tobin Clark to the San Francisco Council of Catholic Women was printed by the Grabhorn Press and the family later supported the publication of two books of her writings by the Book Club of California.

Reference: McKitterick 67. Item #124589

Price: $425.00

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