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27 Hart Street
Henley on Thames
Oxfordshire
RG9 2AR
Contact Sam Jonkers
Telephone 01491 576427
Specialists Children's Fiction, Illustrated Books, 19th and 20th Century Literature, Modern First Editions, Inscribed and Association Material, Original Illustrative Artwork, Fine Books, English Literature
Jonkers Rare Books
Stand B09

SITWELL, Osbert

LEFT HAND, RIGHT HAND! E.M. FORSTER'S SET, INSCRIBED BY SITWELL , Macmillan 1945 - 1950

Five volumes, all first UK editions. Publisher’s original red cloth with gilt titling and decoration to the spine. All in pictorial dustwrappers with pictorial endpapers featuring the author’s handprints. Each volume inscribed by Sitwell to E. M. Forster “For Morgan” on the half-title, dated on publication with sometimes with a short epithet “With affection and admiration” (vol 1), “whose only fault is his invisibility” (vol 3). Forster’s bookplate to each volume.

Note
“Osbert Sitwell combines sensibility, humaneness, and the desire to write well. The strands of the aristocrat, who wants to lead, and the artist who want to create are finely combined” E. M. Forster reviewing the first volume for BBC Easter Service, May 1945.
Forster was an acquaintance of Osbert Sitwell and his siblings, often meeting at social gatherings and poetry readings - one of which, in September 1943, was punctuated by a doodle-bug raid while Edith Sitwell read “Still Falls The Rain”.
Though friends, Forster remained on the periphery of the Sitwells and their literary set, perhaps earning the inscription of the third volume; “For Morgan, whose only fault is his invisibility”.

Signed / Inscribed
Each volume inscribed by Sitwell to E. M. Forster

Condition
A near fine set, in very good to near fine dustwrappers. The first volume shows chips to the spine ends and corners and internal repairs to the spine joints of the dustwrapper. Small chips to the head of the spine of volume three.
£2,500