H.M. Queen ELIZABETH, The Queen Mother (1900 – 2002). - Dame Edith SITWELL (1887-1964, compilor).
The Atlantic Book of British and American Poetry. London: Victor Gollancz, 1959. 2 volumes, first English editions, octavo (9 x 6 inches; 229 x 152mm). Original cloth, dust-jackets (tears and small chips to jackets [see images]). Provenance: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (presentation inscriptions at the front of each volume ‘For:/ Her Majesty / Queen Elizabeth / the Queen Mother / from her / humble and obedient servant / Edith Sitwell’).
Dame Edith SITWELL. A 4pp. autograph letter signed, dated ‘17 October: 1959’, on “Sesame Imperial & Pioneer Club” headed paper; to the Queen Mother ‘Madam, / Will Your Majesty / honour me by accepting / this anthology, which is, / (with my own poetry) my life- / work./ The cover says it is the work / of six years! It is the work / of nearly fifty years – as far / as I, Madam, am concerned. / I hope that / Your Majesty may find in / it, apart from the famous / poems, poetry to please you. / I feel that some / of the very early religious / poems – those not well / known, apart from specialist anthologies, are very lovely. / Those, for instance, on Pages / 18 and 19 of Book I, and / I do think the poems of / the time of Queen Elizabeth / the First and King James / are very beautiful, also the / Traditional Songs and Light / Ballads, beginning on Page / 486, Book I./ I do hope Your Majesty is / well, and that you have / enjoyed this marvelous / summer. / I have Your Majesty so much / in mind, all the time, / when I was actually compiling / this book. / I have the honour to be, / Madam, / Your Majesty’s humble / and obedient servant / Edith Sitwell’ [and:] the original hand-addressed envelope ‘Her Majesty / Queen Elizabeth / The Queen Mother / Clarence House’.