MITFORD, Nancy. The Pursuit of Love. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1945.
8vo. Publisher's blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt; in the original dust wrapper (not price-clipped); pp. [iv], 5-195; minimal rubbing to extremities of cloth; slight toning to spine of wrapper, with light rubbing to extremities; portion of wrapper come away at spine; chips and vertical tears of wrapper strengthened with tape to inside of wrapper; light even toning to paper-stock; a very good copy in the wrapper.
First edition. One of Mitford's most famous works, The Pursuit of Love offers an insight into the cutlural and political landscape of Britain and its aristocracy at the time, and delivers its story through sharp wit and social satire. Narrated by Fanny Logan, the novel follows the life and romantic adventures of her cousin, Linda Radlett, as she searches for true love during the inter-war years. The narrative is delivered in three parts, tracing Radlett's life from her childhood and unconventional upbringing, continuing into her early adult years and her exploration of romance and social dynamics, and concluding with her later, married life, as she navigates the consequences of her choices.
Mitford loosely based the fictional Radlett family on her own, with the Mitfords famous for their wit, eccentricity, and diverse political opinions. The Pursuit of Love falls into Nancy's set of loosely interconnected novels, often referred to as the Radlett and Montdore series.