Date Published: 1939 to 1953
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Jan Struther (Joyce Anstruther) was an English columnist, poet, hymn writer, and radio personality. Her book, Mrs. Miniver, was the basis of a patriotic, romantic film about the life of a British housewife in rural England during World War II. Starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon, the film won six Academy awards, including Best Picture.
The collection contains 11 items dating from 1939 to 1953, specifically, 1 signed letter, 5 Struther signed books, 3 photos, 1 cigarette card and 1 poster.
1 Typed Letter Signed;
• TLS to Elizabeth Whiting, 3 September 1940, re being in the USA with her children for the duration of the war, her lecture tour, Mrs. Miniver, Harold Childs, Sir George Henschel’s daughter, writing editorials for the Times, and enjoying New York.
6 Books (all signed copies);
• 2 copies of Mrs. Miniver, (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1940), in red cloth in jacket, but one jacket is slightly chipped, discolored, and Book of the Month Club. Each singed by Jan Struther.
• 1 Mrs. Miniver Paperback copy in a blue cardboard slipcase with label on the case (“Autographed first issue of the first American edition 1940 in original wrappers”, verso of title leaf has “first American edition” Signed by Jan Struther.
• 1 Mrs. Miniver (London: Chatto & Windus, 1939), patterned paper boards, red cloth spine, very nice copy in original cardboard slipcase with pink text label pasted on as issued. Signed by Greer Garson. Greer Garson, (1904-1996) was a British-American actress popular during the Second World War, being listed by the Motion Picture Herald as one of America's top-ten box office draws from 1942 to 1946. Garson won the best actress Oscar in 1942 for "Mrs. Miniver," in which she superbly symbolized the spirit and virtue of a British homemaker in wartime.
• 1 "Women of Britain Letters from England (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1941), red brown cloth in very good jacket, with running commentary by Beatrice Curtis Brown, introduction by Struther, signed by Jan Struther on front free endpaper.
• 2 b&w photos from Mrs. Miniver (MGM, 1942): Greer Garson, Richard Ney, Walter Pidgeon, and 2 children; Garson and Helmut Dantine.
• B&w photo, circa 1953 announcing that Jan Struther has died of cancer, 28 July 1953, United PressTelephoto.
• Belgian colour poster advertising Mme Miniver, 14 × 22 inches, 40 × 60 cm; heavily folded; a few creases and pin holes, a stain, some cinema paper still attached, tears repaired and strengthened at the back with white tapes, was glued on wall.
• Cigarette card of Walter Pidgeon (Turf Cigarettes) and signature of Greer Carson on a card (both of whom starred in the film) affixed to front free endpaper.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.