Mary Anne

DU MAURIER, Daphne (author). Mary Anne.

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DU MAURIER, Daphne (author). Mary Anne. London; Victor Gollancz. 1954.

8vo., publisher's red linson boards lettered gilt to spine, in yellow letterpress dustwrapper; pp. [x], 11-378 + [i]; externally and internally very fresh and clean with a gift inscription, dated 1955, to front free endpaper, in a dusted, price-clipped dustwapper with a little toning and a vertical crease to spine, and a couple of nicks to head of spine and corner tips.
First edition. Du Maurier's novel Mary Anne (1954) is a fictionalised account of the real-life story of her great-great-grandmother, Mary Anne Clarke née Thompson (1776–1852). From 1803 to 1808, Mary Anne Clarke was mistress of Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany (1763–1827). He was the "Grand Old Duke of York" of the nursery rhyme, a son of King George III and brother of the later King George IV.