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Violet Trefusis. With decorations by Philippe Jullian.

London. Hutchinson & Co. 1952. First edition. Brown cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 240 pages. Black-and-white photographic frontispiece; dust jacket, endpapers, title-page and text line drawings by Philippe Jullian. 220 x 145mm (8 x 5"). 0.4kg. . English. Very good; in very good dust jacket; light shelf wear, wear and slight loss to forecorners and spine ends, short 2cm tear to front jacket towards base of spine, not price-clipped; neat contemporary previous owner's signature to half-title, bookseller's label to front pastedown.

The autobiography of Violet Trefusis, in which she relates a life that straddled the English Channel, taking in both French and English society. Violet is chiefly known as the daughter of Alice Keppel (mistress of King Edward VII) and the lover of Vita Sackville-West. As a writer of fiction and non-fiction she is less well-known. Philippe Jullian's illustrations add considerable charm to this autobiography, and the book is scarce with his dust jacket in such good condition.


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