WHIPPLE, Dorothy. The Priory. London: John Murray, 1939.
4to., pale blue cloth lettered in red to upper board and spine, with the author's facsimile signature; upper edge red; in unclipped jacket with a charming wrap-around image showing three figures and a dog in front of an impressive facade; pp. 528; end papers offset, with some spotting to edges and prelims; edges and spine a touch bruised; the uncommon jacket slightly toned to spine, with a few small splash marks and nicks to edges; still elusive thus.
First edition. Whipple's third novel centres around two girls, the Marwoods, who are nearly grown-up; their father, the widower Major Marwood; and their aunt. As soon as as their lives have been described to the reader, however, the Major proposes marriage to a woman much younger than himself - and many changes begin.
"Whipple is not quite Jane Austen class" Salley Vickers writes in The Spectator, "but she understands as well as Austen the enormous effects of apparently minor social adjustments…Christine is a true heroine: vulnerable, valient, appealing."