WARNER, Sylvia Townsend (author). Lolly Willowes Or The Loving Hunstman. London; Chatto & Windus. 1926.
8vo. Original dark blue linsom boards veined in black with onlaid paper lettering label to spine, fore-, and lower edges untrimmed, preserved in letterpress dustwrapper; pp. [vi] + 246 + [ii], with spare paper spine label tipped in at rear; a very good copy with slim fading to head and heel of spine, minor bruising there, and slight loss of surface sheen to a very small area of upper board (15mm), internally fresh throughout with the small ownership inscription, in ink, of Geoffrey Keynes, dated 1926, to front free endpaper, the unclipped dustwrapper (7s.) with overall toning and tanning to spine and fore-edges, chipping to corners and spine ends, triangular loss to head (to a maximum depth of 9mm), and a few very short closed edge tears.
First edition of this twentieth-century literary classic which is included in Robert McCrum's thought-provoking list of the top 100 novels printed in English, as published by The Guardian newspaper in 2014. This satire and comedy of manners is considered an early feminist classic. The middle-aged spinster character, Laura Willowes, takes agency over her life by escaping stifling family obligations for a life in the country. There, in the Chiltern Hills, she reaching an epiphany after an encounter with the devil. The copy of Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), pioneering surgeon, notable publishing scholar and bibliographer of both English literature and English medical history. He was a noted authority on several English literary, and artistic, greats including William Blake, Jane Austen, John Donne and Siegfried Sassoon.