London: Hogarth Press, 1934.
1st Edition. Vita Sackville-West initials and Eddie Sackville-West signed over with an enclosed letter from Peter Hawley. Very Rare First Edition. Paperbound, Small 8vo. 28 pages, in decorative duck-egg-blue printed wrapper printed in black Illustrated by Venessa Bell of a dinner party. Kirkpatrick A20
Signed on the inside cover in pencil was VSW and overwritten in pencil over the V is an E from Eddie Sackville-West. There is also a date pencilled on the ffe. 2.11.34
Inside this edition was a copy of a 2 page letter 8 1/2" x 11" addressed to "Three Lives" bookstore in NY in which WALTER SICKERT: A CONVERSATION BY VIRGINIA WOOLF was given as a birthday gift in celebration of the store's 10th anniversary by the collector Peter Hawley.
"Dear Three Lives,
… I cannot believe that you are ten years old. You are to me, one of the institutions of my existence …I am enclosing a small gift which I hope one of you will enjoy…, In itself this booklet (what an awful word ) may not be very interesting. The interest to you as bibliophiles may be the fact that it was given to me by Eddie Sackville-West quite a long time ago, it originally belonged to his cousin VSW and as you will see he altered her initials to his own by substituting an E for the V. When questioned on this matter he said, vaguely, that she must have given it to him, knowing Eddie's Magpie instincts and that Lady's Possessive attitude towards books,( I believe they were one of the few things she was possessive about ) I am not sure that it was something which he never returned…Nevertheless I thought it might give one of you or all of you ( draw lots if you must ) pleasure to have this very small First edition with it's inscription….I do not know when I am going to be in N.Y. again, So many of my friends there have died, but if any if you are visiting London please call me, come for a drink & look at my lovely picture of the Diagalev Dancer by Sylvia Beach.
Best wishes far Christmas, 1989 & yours sincerely Peter Hawley."
An interesting piece giving a glimpse into famous avant-garde key figures of those times while the essay itself involves us into the discussion about the Sickert Exhibition at a dinner gathering. A unique collector's item.
Item #33207 Price: US$850.00