Ermyntrude and Esmeralda. An entertainment

Ermyntrude and Esmeralda. An entertainment
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Ermyntrude and Esmeralda. An entertainmentErmyntrude and Esmeralda. An entertainmentErmyntrude and Esmeralda. An entertainment

Lytton Strachey. Introduction by Michael Holroyd. Illustrations by Erte.

Anthony Blond. London. 1969. First edition. Hardback; pink cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. 48 pages. Jacket design and 17 duotone illustrations, mainly full-page, by Erte. English. 235 x 210mm. 0.35kg. 218511175. Near fine, in very good dust jacket; light shelf wear to jacket, some light rubbing to spine ends and forecorners, short 1cm tear to lower forecorner of rear jacket, small mark to front jacket, some uneven browning to jacket, not price-clipped.

Lytton's Strachey's humourous but biting tale of sexual liberation and discovery, with illustrations by Erte. Ermyntrude and Esmeralda is comprised of a series of letters passed between two young ladies, one from the country and one from the city. The entertainment was originally written to amuse Strachey's liberated Bloomsbury circle and is heavy with private jokes, elements of autobiography and knowing cynicism.