This curious little book apparently has no author and no title. A 'title' page bears a note addressed "to Oliver and after him for Lionel", and
states "Privately Printed" at the bottom. On the reverse side is the note "Designed and printed by Will Carter at Cambridge, 1966". Inside is a mixture of snippets which obviously had struck the collector as meaningful and significant in one way or another, worthy of passing on to others, and divided under general headings such as 'Different sorts of men', 'Afterthoughts', 'Autumn'. A bookplate pasted to the front cover, however, is the clue to the book.
Antoinette Heckscher (1884-1967) was an American who married Oliver Sylvain Balliol Brett in 1912. When her husband's father died in 1930, Oliver became the 3rd Viscount Esher, and she therefore ordered a new Stephen Gooden bookplate with her new name. Their eldest son, Lionel, became the 4th Viscount Esher, and died in 2004.
The book has an outer thick grey paper cover, with the aforementioned bookplate on the front, and the lady's name on a pasted label on the spine. The exterior is only lightly worn, and inside the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright.