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Saint Joan of Arc. by  V SACKVILLE-WEST - Signed First Edition - 1936 - from Peter Ellis bookseller and

Saint Joan of Arc.


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Cobden-Sanderson, London., 1936. First edition. Octavo. pp xiv, 436. Plates and maps.Laid in are two Typed Letters Signed by V. Sackville-West to a Mrs Jones, dated 7th July 1936 and 7th March 1939 and both on Sissinghurst Castle writing paper. The first letter comprises about fifty words declining Mrs Jones's application for work as a typist; after the typed text Sackville-West adds, in her own hand an in green ink, ''I am not saying this in an emptily polite way, but really will remember & in the meantime will look round for people wanting M.S. typed.'' The other letter comprises about 150 words asking Mrs Jones to type a manuscript ''for my young nephew'' and giving instructions as to format etc. Following the typed text Sackville-West has added in her own hand a few comments of a more revealing nature: ''...My nephew, as you will no doubt observe, is a somewhat immature although an enthusiastic biographer...''. Presumably she means Eddy Sackville-West, although there is no clue as to subject of the biography. His study of Thomas de Quincey had appeared in 1936, but no other full-scale biographies can be attributed to him. Perhaps, as with two of his novels, the book in question was never published. The letters show Vita to have been something of a pillar of dependability both for her family and for her staff.Letters: folds; very good. Book: small patch of fading on spine; very good in good, nicked dustwrapper creased, rubbed and faded at spine with a small hole.


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On Oct 16 2010, ElectricEel said:
  "Well written and - surprisingly - with no obvious political agenda, but Vita Sackville-West occasionally skydives to conclusions without a parachute. For example: V. S.-W. interprets one witness's testimony as meaning that they thought they had some mystical means of determining whether a girl was a virgin. Not necessarily. The testimony could just as well mean that the witness thought that she could tell from Joan's behavior that Joan was a virgin."

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