DRINKWATER (JOHN) Books from the library of John Drinkwater, including 105 volumes of his own works either with his ownership inscription (often with date), or a presentation inscription; others signed by Buchan, Bennett, Galsworthy, etc. [c.1914-1935] (Quantity)

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Lot 180
DRINKWATER (JOHN)
Books from the library of John Drinkwater, including 105 volumes of his own works either with his ownership or presentation inscription, othes inscribed to him by Buchan, etc., [c.1914-1935] (Quantity)

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DRINKWATER (JOHN)
Remaining books from the library of John Drinkwater, including 105 volumes of his own works, either with his ownership inscription (often dated), or a presentation inscription (to his second wife Daisy - sometimes addressed as "David" - or daughter Penny), with approximately 60 other copies of his works (about 20 signed by Daisy), and 10 books inscribed to him by other authors (including John Buchan, Arnold Bennett and Galsworthy - see footnote), some with additional notes and annotations, a few with loosely inserted letters and photographs, some with Drinkwater's gilt morocco bookplate, others with "J.D." stamp, publisher's bindings, several in dust-jackets, variable rubbing or wear, mostly 8vo, a few 4to, [c.1914-1935] (quantity)

Footnotes

  • UPWARDS OF 100 NOVELS, PLAYS, ESSAYS AND WORKS WRITTEN, EDITED OR WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY JOHN DRINKWATER, ALL EITHER WITH HIS OWNERSHIP INSCRIPTION, or presentation copies to his wife or daughter, several the dedication copies.

    Includes: Cotswold Characters (1921), WITH 5 PROOF WOODCUTS BY PAUL NASH captioned in pencil, JD noting "Inserted are proofs of the cuts, inscribed by P.N."; Abraham Lincoln. A Play (1919), with a tipped-in envelope containing "LEAVES FROM THE DINNER TABLE OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN, at the Great Sanitary Fair in Philadelphia, June 16th 1864" written by "Ella Virginia J.P. 1872" with note by JD "These were given to me when I was in the U.S.A."; The Collected Poems in 2 vol. (1931), inscribed by JD "a copy of the large paper edition, specially bound by S. & S. Inserted is a copy of the frontispiece, coloured by Albert Rutherston" [also inscribed "J.D. from A.R.. Dec. 1923"]; Preludes 1921-1922 (1922), LIMITED TO 125 COPIES, inscribed "No. 3, and my own copy... September 1922; Claud Lovat Fraser (1923), LIMITED TO 45O COPIES, signed by Drinkwater and Albert Rutherston; A Book for Bookmen (1926), ONE OF 50 COPIES, WITH AN ALS FROM T.S.WISE (the dedicatee) tipped-in, also another copy with 2 further ALS from Wise ("What a brick you are..."); Charles James Fox (1928), inscribed "To David, the dearest Lady that I know. This book about Charles, whom must have been a very dear gentleman. With love from her Jonathan, Pepys House, September 1928"; A Man's House (1934), inscribed to his daughter Penny "... this play was produced at Malvern on July 23rd, three days before your fifth birthday...", with jacket and wraparound band; another copy inscribed to his wife "wishing her luck with our play... Malvern, 23. vii. 34"; Laying the Devil (1933), inscribed "Daisy darling, thank you for believing in this play, and for helping me by believing in it... Shaftsbury Theatre, 2.VII.33"; Garibaldi (1936), inscribed "For My David, this first copy of the new play... 6.vi.36"; Robert Burns. A Play (1925), THE DEDICATEE'S COPY, inscribed "Daisy Drinkwater from her Jonathan, New York, November 24th 1925"; More About Me. Poems for a Child (1929), DEDICATEE'S COPY, inscribed "My darling little [Penelope Ann, JD's daughter, printed] from her loving father who made the rhyme, Brampton October 28th 1929".

    Books inscribed by their author to Drinkwater include: Arnold Bennett, Riceyman Steps, with additional note by Drinkwater "Given to me by Bennett on the evening that I read 'Robert Burns' to him. J.D.", 1923; John Galsworthy, The Dark Flower, 1913; Charles Morgan. Sparkenbroke, 1936; Ramsay Macdonald, At Home and Abroad, 1936; Amelia Defries. Rebirth, the dedication copy, 1928.; John Buchan, The Manor of Elsfield, 1931.

    Provenance: John Drinkwater (1882-1937); his daughter Penelope Ann and thence by descent.
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