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QUEBEC, Adela [pseud. Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, Lord BERNERS].

The Girls of Radcliff Hall.

Stock Code
107021
[N.p.], Printed for the author for private circulation only, 1935
£3,750

Presentation copy of a very rare roman à clef. Berners depicts himself and his circle of friends, including Cecil Beaton and Oliver Messel, as lesbian schoolgirls at a school named 'Radcliff Hall' (punning on the name of the famous lesbian writer). Only 100 copies were printed and most were destroyed after the indiscretions alluded to in the novel created an uproar among Berners's intimates and acquaintances. As a result, first editions of this work are incredibly rare. LibraryHub locates just five copies in institutions: The British Library, Oxford (two copies), Eton College and The National Trust (Sissinghurst).

With the author's signed presentation inscription to the half title page, 'To Billa [Harrod] with love from the Authoress and Gerald Berners Xmas 1940'.

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Description

First edition, sole impression, inscribed by the author; 8vo, (18 x 12.2 cm); scattered light foxing; original grey wrappers, titles to front in black, a little rubbed, a little dusty, perhaps a touch of repair at the head of the backstrip, otherwise a very good copy; [4], 100, [2]pp.

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