HERITAGE with 3 ALS letters inside. V. Sackville-West, Vita, Victoria Sackville.
HERITAGE with 3 ALS letters inside
HERITAGE with 3 ALS letters inside
HERITAGE with 3 ALS letters inside
HERITAGE with 3 ALS letters inside
HERITAGE with 3 ALS letters inside

HERITAGE with 3 ALS letters inside.

London, Glasgow Melbourne Aukland: W. Collins Sons and Co, 1919.

Signed by both Victoria Sackville and Vita Sackville-West. First Edition of Vita Sackville-West's FIRST novel HERITAGE dedicated to her Mother Victoria Sackville in red cloth boards, 8vo. 250 pp. Size: 7 3/4" x 5 1/4"with 3 ALS laid-in, two from Vita Sackville-West's mother and one from Vita Sackville-West, all dated 1919 referencing reviewer S.M. Ellis' (a nephew of George Meredith) review of Heritage (requested by Vita Sackville-West's mother in ALS 1) of Heritage. Ellis compares the book to Wuthering Heights and mentions that the denouement of Heritage is unconvincing - Ellis also writes that it is a remarkable first effort and that Vita Sackville-West's future work will be awaited with interest.

ALS 1 4 pp. Embossed letterhead with initials VS (Victoria Sackville) and dated May 31st,1919 addressed to S. M. Ellis discussing the "splendid" reviews of her "daughter's remarkable book Heritage, comparisons of Vita Sackville-West to Thomas Hardy and George Elliot and that Ellis should read the book.

ALS 2 Affixed to the front free endpaper Victoria Sackville to Ellis with Knole,
Sevenoaks, Kent crossed out and Brighton written in, dated Sept. 14, 1919 - thanking Ellis for the article "on my daughter and they should visit and talk".

ALS 3 Vita Sackville-West to Ellis dated Sept. 13, 1919 with 40, Sussex Square, Brighton at top. "Mother showed me your letter and review of Heritage" - "I should like to tell you two things in connection with it" mentioning that the denouement was based on real life and that she never in her life had read Wuthering Heights. She then goes on a little about her personal feelings about the book and that she hopes to learn but will make a new batch of mistakes in future writing. Signed V. Nicolson.

The book has some wear and gently uncared for over the years. It is a treasure for all who love VSW. It is a glimpse into a special moment in time when Vita launched her writing career. This book was dedicated to her Mother VICTORIA SACKVILLE which makes this edition even more priceless. There are more articles pastedown in the back about both mother and daughter.

Item #33117    Price: US$1,450.00