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STARK, Freya.
Wiltshire: Compton Russell; Michael Russell, 1974-82. Wiltshire: Compton Russell; Michael Russell,, 1974-82. 8 volumes, octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spines in gilt, coloured endpapers, most with maps. With the dust jackets. Vol. 4 dustjacket is price-clipped. Loosely inserted into vols. 2 and 5 are scanned copies of an Il Gazzettino article entitled "Freya, 'Queen' of Asolo" and dated 1984. Loosely inserted into vol. 4 is a postcard inscribed to Jean and William Gunn from a friend presenting them with the volume and thanking them for a recent meal. Spines minimally rolled, a little toning to the text block, small mark to the fore edge of vol. 7; a near-fine set in the dust jackets (jacket to vol. 4 price-clipped), a little rubbing to spine ends, small closed tear to foot of spine of vol. 3. Complete set of first editions, first impressions, each volume inscribed by the author to Jean Gunn and her husband William (except 4 and 7, which were added to the set at a later date). Jean Gunn was a close and dear friend of Stark (1893-1993) in Stark's later years. Her husband, William Gunn, was the founder of the European Centre for Disaster Medicine and author of 20 works, largely on humanitarian relief. The inscriptions read as follows: vol. 1: "For Jeane [sic] and Bill on my ninetieth birthday with affectionate hopes of repetition, Freya Stark. Asolo 31/1/83"; vol. 2: "To the Gunns, my dear friends - Asolo 31/1/83. Freya Stark."; vol. 3: "[The Growth of Danger] - but with friendship and peaceful hopes from Freya Stark 31.1.-1983"; vol. 5: "For the Gunn family with th … [Click Below for Full Description]
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