FORD, Ford Madox. A complete set of Ford's masterful Great War ''Tietjen's'' quartet, comprising:
FORD, Ford Madox. A complete set of Ford's masterful Great War "Tietjen's" quartet, comprising:
Some do Not. London: Duckworth, 1924.
No More Parades. London: Duckworth, 1925.
A Man Could Stand Up. London: Duckworth, 1926.
The Last Post. London: Duckworth, 1928.
Together 4 volumes, 8o. Original cloth (a bit worn); all with dust jackets. Provenance: Stella Bowen, Ford's lover (presentation inscriptions; possibly her pencil drawing from Peter Cunningham, "Life of Nell Gwyn," on rear free endpaper in A Man Could Stand Up).
FIRST EDITION OF THE "TIETJEN'S QUARTET." EACH A PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FORD TO HIS LOVER STELLA BOWEN. Each of the inscriptions is dated in the year of publication. All are first printings except for The Last Post (Harvey gives precedence to the American edition, although a definitive priority is not established). The exact number of copies printed is unknown, although a letter from Ford indicates that Duckworth had sold fewer than 1,000 copies of No More Parades and A Man Could Stand Up.
A series of romantic entanglements followed Ford's separation from Elsie Martindale Hueffer, a staunch Catholic to whom he remained legally married until his death in 1939. After his separation, Ford had numerous affairs, as well as significant relationships with three women--Violet Hunt, Stella Bowen and Janice Biala--referring to each as "wife." Of the three, only Bowen gave Ford offspring--a daughter, Julia Loewe. Complete sets of the "Tietjens" quartet are scarce, and only very seldomly does a set with such an important association appear on the market. (4)