The Bard of the Dimbovitza. Roumanian Folk-Songs collected from the Peasants by . . . Translated by Carmen Sylva and Alma Strettell.
London: Osgood, McIlvaine, . 2 vols., small 4to, viii, 130; viii, 130pp. Original cream buckram stamped in gilt, backstrips browned evenly, covers spotted, but an attractive set printed on hand-made paper. First editions, attractively printed and in a binding designed by Charles Ricketts. Inscribed in vol. 1 from Lord Edward Cecil (fourth son of the Prime Minister Lord Salisbury) to Violet Maxse (later Lady Cecil) and in vol. 2 from her to him (shortly before they were married). There's a long article on her, a fascinating woman in many ways, in the on-line DNB. After Lord Edward died of TB in 1917, she married Lord Milner, who died in 1925 on his return from Africa. Thereafter she ran the family newspaper The National Review. "Carmen Sylvia" was the pseudonym of Elizabeth, Queen of Romania.
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