First impression of The Garden by Vita Sackville-West, with a gift inscription to future First Lady Barbara Bush from Nancy Bush Ellis, sister of President George H.W. Bush.
Octavo, [135pp]. Orange cloth, title stamped in silver on spine. Illustrated endpapers. Even toning throughout, light wear to cloth, a very good example. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, price-clipped, light sunning to spine, short closed tear to front panel, shelf wear, a very good example. Dust jacket illustrations by Broom Lynne. (Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme A.44a) Inscribed on the half-title: “To Bar – Christmas of ’48. From Sandy + Nan. With love.” Provenance: From the Bush Family Estate in Kennebunkport, ME.
In 1946, this work received the Royal Society of Literature’s Heinemann Award.