The Dolls' House by Rumer Godden


With pictures by Dana Saintsbury

Published by Michael Joseph Ltd 1947

Rumer Godden (her peculiar name was her maternal grandmother’s surname) died at the age of 90 in 1998.  She was born in Eastborne “a dreadful place” but spent much of her childhood in India. She had an enormous nose that resembled Wellington’s – (that is the Duke of Wellington’s nose – not a pair of boots).  She married twice – after the death of her second husband she recorded "I never want to be consoled - I never want another man in my life."

She wrote over 60 novels, poems and children’s books  - and three of her books were turned into films – Black Narcissus (1938)  The River (1951) and The Greengage Summer (1961)   

This is a book for children – published in 1947 – it is a first edition.  It’s “………a novel about dolls in a doll’s house. The chief person in it is Tottie Plantagenet, a small Dutch doll.  Dutch dolls are scarce now…”

(But not so scarce that we have not got a couple on Is there no end to the exotica we sell?)

This is a snip at the price - but a little more might be snipped off if you ask nicely.

The small print: 13.5 x 20.5 cms. Red cover with silver doll imprint. No dust jacket. 4 full colour full page illustrations – pastel shades.(see photo). Each chapter starts with a black & white illuminated letter. Lovely stylish end papers (see photo). This book is relatively unmarked and is in reasonable condition.


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