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Beresford, J. D. (John Davys) and Esme Wynne-Tyson
22 books, 1915 – 1943, 17 inscribed, Beresford's own copies, or the dedication copy, many with notes and annotations by Esmé Wynne-Tyson, including a proof copy of 'Peckover', one signed by Jon Wynne-Tyson, and a letter from Beresford.
London, New Yotk etc Cassell, Collins, Hutchinson, Bobbs Merrill, Doran etc 1915 - 1943. First editions, U.K. or U.S. From the estate of Esmé Wynne-Tyson, author, actress and philosopher, with whom Beresford co-authored eleven titles, via the estate of Esme's son, Jon Wynne-Tyson, author, publisher and reluctant King of Redonda. Three in dust jackets, including a 1916 U.K. 1st edition of House-Mates. 'Nineteen Impressions' (1918) is the dedication copy, inscribed below the dedication "[To My Wife] who so patiently listened to my impressions, & afterwards insisted on my recording them. Jack East Claydon. 1918.", this was his second wife, Eveline Beatrice Auford (Trissie) Roskams. Beresford apparently met Esmé Wynne-Tyson in the late 1930s, leaving his wife in 1939 to share a platonic, vegetarian relationship with her. The first book that is inscribed to Esmé is 'Unity' (1924): "To Esme from J. D. because there are some little bits about us in it. 20. 11. '39.". Perhaps the most intriguing book is 'Revolution (1921), it is inscribed: "Dorothy (and ????) with love from Jack Jan. 1921.", a note speculates that the recipient might be Dorothy Ward, which seems to be confirmed by extensive notes from Esmé to the rear of the book, which look to have been made in 1949, Dorothy having told her in a letter of a message that Beresford was trying to convey while he was dying following a stroke in 1947. The final chapter of the book is titled "The Message" and this is heavily marked up, as the two women believe that this was what Beresford was referring to, and that the message he wished … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Jonathan Frost Rare Books Limited [Liverpool, United Kingdom]
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