BERNERS, Lord. Autograph annotated copy of Dorothy Wellesley’s Lost Planet and Other Poems (Hogarth Press, 1942), with pencilled remarks, additions or alterations (“The Shell” becomes “The Smell”) on some 24 pages. The line “And the little tits are dumb” inspires a rather dismal drawing, repeated in ink on the upper cover. Laid-in is Berners’s autograph letter to Cyril Connolly sending “a rare annotated edition of Dionysiac Dottie’s poems”. Marbled paper slipcase. Berners’s jokes were often tempered with malice and not invariably funny. Perhaps it was his notorious war-time depression that introduced a certain coarseness here.
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