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BRANDT, Bill.
Literary Britain. Introduction by John Hayward.
London: Cassell and Company Ltd, 1951. Quarto. Original green cloth, title to spine gilt on a red ground, pale brown coated endpapers. With supplied dust jacket. Price-clipped jacket with closed tear at head of front panel, slight abrasion to image, other nicks chips and light rubbing but overall very presentable. Spine bumped and slightly faded, a few light marks to front cover, small punctures to front free endpaper and half-title where a note has previously been pinned. A good copy. 100 full-page illustrations from photographs by Brandt. First edition, first impression, with an exceptional provenance: inscribed by Brandt on the front free endpaper, "To Lyena from Bill, July 1951". Lyena Barjanksy, along with Brandt and his future wife Eva Boros, formed an inseparable ménage a trois during the late 1920s; the two women were Brandt's "constant companions, travelling and living together throughout continental Europe" (Meister, p. 15). Brandt met Lyena Barjansky when he was in his early twenties, living in Vienna, and part of the "brilliant artistic circle of Dr Eugenie Schwarzwald" (ODNB). Barjanksy was a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl, "the daughter of a Jewish businessman from Odessa, who had been imprisoned by the Reds for being a capitalist. When the Whites re-captured the city, in 1919, Barjansky got on a boat to Trieste with his wife and daughter, and went on to set up a textile business in Vienna. Despite his troubles with the Reds, Lyena's father was an open-minded man who sent her to the bohemian and mildly left-wing school for girls run by Dr Eugenie Schwarzwald. Lye … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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