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Noël Coward (1899-1973)

Aliases: Noël Pierce Coward

Professions: Painter

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  • Sir Noel Coward (1899-1973)

  • SIR NOËL COWARD 1900-1973

  • Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973)


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  • COWARD, Noel (1899-1973).  A Withered Nosegay. London: Christophers, 1922. 8vo. Half title, 10 full-page wood-engraved illustrations by Lorn MacNaughtan “from Old Masters”. Original yellow buckram lettered in black (without the dust-jacket, some very light staining, spine a little discoloured). PRESENTATION COPY of one of the author’s earliest published works, the half title inscribed, “For John McFadden, Noel Coward.” Although printed in the same year as the first edition, the present copy is bound in yellow buckram, whereas other copies of the first edition are recorded in black bindings. With 10 other books by the same author including Terribly Intimate Portraits (New York, 1922) and Future Indefinite (London, 1954, with the author’s clipped signature laid down on front pastedown). Register to bid
  • [COWARD, Noel (1899-1973)].  Chelsea Buns. By Hernia Whittlebot. Edited by Noel Coward. With an Introduction by Gaspard Pustontin. London: Hutchinson & Co., [1924]. 8vo. Half title, half tone frontispiece portrait, in modernist style, by G. E. Calthrop (some very light spotting and staining). Original coloured decorated boards [?by G. E. Calthrop] with orange label lettered in black mounted on the upper cover (corners rubbed, without a jacket [?as issued]). Provenance: ANTHONY HOBSON (bookplate); photograph of Noel Coward loosely-inserted. FIRST EDITION of this amusing pastiche of Edith Sitwell. “Nothing is spared the flail of her titulative satire. The carcaphanous charm of Harlequin and Columbine evaporates like withered potpourri before the oncoming hurricane of her merciless pen” (from Noel Coward’s “Foreword”). Several variant forms of the binding are recorded, this being one of the more unusual. (See the following lot and lot 98 for further Sitwell pastiches.) Register to bid
  • [COWARD, Noel (1899-1973)].  Poems by Hernia Whittlebot. With an Appreciation by Noel Coward. [London: John Waddington Ltd., 1923]. 4to. Wood-engraved portrait of Hernia Whittlebot “from a contemporary portrait by E. Lorn Macnaughton,” with the spoof errata slip (“In ‘To my Bedroom’ for ‘Chimneys’ read ‘Communication Cord’” [etc.]) printed in red (upper fore-corner of first 2 leaves torn away without loss, the first repaired). Original brown printed wrappers (some minor waterstaining), contained in modern marbled box. Provenance: ANTHONY HOBSON (bookplate pasted into box); contemporary inscription on first page: Register to bid

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