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ASQUITH, Emma Margaret ('Margot') (1864-1945)
London: Thornton Butterworth Ltd., 1920. Signed Presentation copy from the author (née Tennant), wife of H.H. Asquith the British Prime Minister, to her daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Antoine Bibesco - "To two of the four beings I love most in the world, Antoine and Elizabeth Bibesco, The Wharf, Winter 1920, Margot Asquith". The inscription is large and bold and covers the full length of the second front free endpaper. Bound in full tan morocco with gilt rules, panelled spine, top edge gilt. Tips of corners lightly bruised. 32 b/w photographic plates and five illustrations in the text. A Fine copy with a special and heartfelt inscription. Margot Asquith was married to Herbert Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 1894 until his death in 1928. Born in Peeblesshire, of Scottish and English descent, she was the sixth daughter and eleventh child of Sir Charles Tennant, 1st Baronet, an industrialist and politician, and Emma Winsloe. Known always as Margot, she spent her childhood at The Glen, the family's vast country estate. Her daughter, Elizabeth Lucy (1897-1945) was an English writer and socialite. In 1919 she married Prince Antoine Bibesco, a Romanian diplomat stationed in London,and 22 years her senior. It was the society wedding of the year, attended by the beau monde and well bred including Queen Mary and George Bernard Shaw. After the marriage, Prince and Princess Bibesco lived in Paris at 45, Quai Bourbon, at the tip of the Ile St Louis looking up the Seiner to Notre Dame.
Bookseller: Worlds End Bookshop (ABA, PBFA, ILAB) [United Kingdom]
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