London: Hogarth Press, 1978. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression (no further printings noted). Tall 8vo: 215,pp, with 8pp.of plates. Publisher's cinnamon cloth, spine lettered in gilt, wraparound dust jacket illustrated by Angelica Garnett (nèe Bell—Virginia Woolf's neice and Vanessa Bell's daughter) and priced £5.95. A very attractive copy, dust-spotted top edge, else Fine in Fine jacket. Fine / Fine. Item #BB0899
¶At the outset of the Second World War Ralph and Frances Partridge were both confirmed pacifists. These extracts from Frances's war diary present an intimate and vivid picture of their life at Ham Spray House in Wiltshire ("where life revolved around conversation, long walks, and complicated love affairs," according the ODNB), a refuge for friends (here depicted in some 20 photographs), including many of their fellow "Bloomsberries," as well as a stream of refugees and the dispossessed. Frances's accounts give a candid, intimate picture of their domestic upheavals and rich intellectual life, while also noting her sharp observations of nature and world events. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.