[MALACRIDA, NADJA] Memoir by Cecil Roberts.
London. Hutchinson & Co. 1935. First edition. Hardback, bound in blue cloth, with gilt title and decoration, dust jacket. 224 pages + 24 pages of adverts. With 18 illustrations in b&w and colour. 220 x 150mm (8¾ x 6"). 0.6kg. . English. Very good; jacket has shelf wear with the occasional short tear, slight loss at head and base of spine and to top edge of rear jacket, price sticker adhered to spine; some slight spotting to prelims and edges, no inscriptions.
Very scarce in the dust jacket. Published a year after her death in a tragic car accident, Finale is a loving tribute to the society figure, poet and broadcaster Nadja Malacrida. Nadja was married to the Marchese Peter Malacrida, an Italian aristocrat and interior decorator (best known for his art deco designs for Eltham Palace). The couple were a fixture of London society in the 1920s and 30s, entertaining leading figures of the art, music and literary worlds from their house in Grosvenor Street. The book contains the transcript of the letters sent between Nadja and Peter in the month before her death. Both were on separate tours of Europe. The letters reveal a loving tenderness between the couple and also a witty and colourful reflection of European travel between the Wars. The book begins with a memoir written by their friend Cecil Roberts.