This novella tells the story of a brisk March day in England, somewhere on the Dorset coast, during which Dolly is due to marry the Honourable Owen Bigham. A simple tale, one would imagine.... but with unexpected complications. It was originally published by the Hogarth Press (1932) and recently reprinted by Persephone Books.
Julia Strachey (1901-1979) was an English writer (Lytton Strachey's niece) born in Allahabad, India, where her father was a civil servant. Her mother was of Swiss-German origin. She lived most of her life in England, working as a model at Poiret, a photographer and a publisher's reader, before embarking on a writing career. She is perhaps best remembered for "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding".
Our copy is one of the first US edition published by Viking Press in 1933, and is in good condition for its age, though the dust wrapper has suffered considerably over the years, being grubby and torn with considerable loss (but not price-clipped). The book itself is in blue paper-covered boards with a decorative front cover and title etc in blue lettering on the spine. Book edges are a little browned and there is some shelfwear to top & bottom of the spine, and minimal bumping of corners, but the dust wrapper has done its protective job well. Inside, the sewn binding is generally firm - no loose pages, but webbing visible between some gatherings - and all pages are clean and bright apart from one brown stain affecting the bottom R/H corners of pp. 6-18 (see photo). A rare survivor.