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A Mirror to France.

FORD Ford Madox (1926)

£750.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. 8vo., original green cloth. London, Duckworth.

Inscribed to Caroline Tate, wife of Allen Tate, using as it were, the maiden spelling of her first name: "To Carolyn because she has come, I see and I like, to France. In remembrance of a Paris Xtmas MCMXXVIII from Ford Madox Ford". Ford had stayed with them in New York the previous Christmas, and they spent the winter of 1928-1929 with Ford in Paris. She acted as his secretary in New York, typing out The Last Post, during which he was (characteristically) already falling in love with her. Ford's demonstrable sexual allure has always baffled the present cataloguer, who presents in evidence the description of these sessions by Allen Tate's biographer Thomas Underwood: "... she was undoubtedly distressed by Ford's personal habits. Clad in his underwear and perspiring heavily, the obese Englishman sat dictating his novel to her without a trace of self-consciousness." Cloth a little soiled, spine and edges faded, a very good copy.

Stock Code: 133126