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[Batsford Colour Books Series]:

The Romantic Ballet; Gallery of Fashion; Garden Flowers; Tropical Birds; Audubon's American Birds.

Stock Code 105427

London, New York, B.T. Batsford, 1948 & 1949.

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Five presentation copies to his son Francis Sitwell. A delightful five-volume set of works from the Batsford Colour Books Series, each inscribed in ink to the front free endpapers by Sir Sacheverell Sitwell to his son Francis Sitwell.

I. The Romantic Ballet, inscribed and dated, 'To/ darling Francis / from S.S. / Weston 17 September 1949'.

II. Gallery of Fashion, inscribed and dated, 'For darling Francis / with love / from / Daddy / Weston 5 November 1949'.

III. Garden Flowers, inscribed and dated, 'To / darling Francis / from / Sacheverell Sitwell / Weston 17 September 1949'.

IV. Tropical Birds, inscribed and dated, 'To Francis / for his birthday / with love from Sacheverell Sitwell / Weston 17 September 1949'.

V. Audubon's American Birds, inscribed and dated, 'To / Francis for his birthday / with love from / Sacheverell Sitwell / Weston 17 September 1949'.

First editions, each inscribed by the author to Francis Sitwell; 5 vols, 8vo; plates after contemporary prints (first work), Heideloff and Ackermann (second work), Jane Louden (third work), John Gould (4th work), and J.J. Audubon (fifth work), small ink stain to lower margin of second work (not affecting illustrations), some light offsetting to each work; publisher's printed boards, corners slightly rubbed, each work with its pictorial dustjacket, light wear and toning to extremities, otherwise a handsome set.

Provenance

Provenance: Francis Sitwell (presentation inscriptions); National Portrait Gallery Exhibition. The Sitwells: 14/10/94 - 22/1/95. Catalogue No. f69 / 6.51k.

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