Lot 25

[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.) "The great man's wicked genius brilliantly revealed here as he cruelly lampoons Edith Sitwell who never forgave him" (H.B.).

Estimate: £100-£150