Date Published: 1977 to 1963
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Daphne du Maurier collection pertaining to two books: her novel, The Glass-Blowers (published 1963); and Myself When Young (published 1977).
The collection consists of 8 items dating from 1977 to 1963, specifically;
• Novel The Glass-Blowers 1 manuscript notebook, 1 letter from an American agent, and 2 books (one inscribed) plus 2 complete typescript of two books,
• Novel Myself When Young 1 Typescript and 2 Final Galley Proofs of Myself When Young.
The Glass-Blowers (published 1963) material:
In her novel The Glass-Blowers, du Maurier recounts the tale of her forebears, the Busson family of master glass-blowers, leading up to and through the French Revolution. Sophie Duval reveals to her long-lost nephew the tragic story of a family of master craftsmen in eighteenth-century France. Drawing on her own family's tale of tradition and sorrow, du Maurier weaves an unforgettable saga of beauty, war, and family. 1 Manuscript Notebook:
• “The Bussons”. Ms. notebook, blue flexible covers, reinforced on the spine with a black cloth strip. Illustration of a rider on a horse jumping over a fence on the front cover with the word “JUMPING” below. Circa 1962 or earlier. [70 pp.]; [68 pp.] in du Maurier’s hand and [2 pp.] in purple ink in another hand. In this notebook, written mainly in French by du Maurier, she provides a chronology (1747-1846) with commentary of her French ancestors, the Bussons. This ms. provides the historical background to her novel, The Glass-Blowers.
1 Complete Typescript of the novel The Glass-Blowers
• “Les Souffleurs” (later retitled as The Glass-Blowers). Carbon ts. , 529 pp. Rust stains at the top of various pages from paper clips
1 Typed Letter Signed (TLS) letter from her American agent:
• TLS from du Maurier’s American agent, Curtis Brown Ltd. New York, 30 July 1962, addressed to Lady Browning (Daphne), re “Les Souffleurs”. The agent tells du Maurier that the characters of her book are “sharply etched”, that the book manuscript is not overly long, that an excerpt which will appear in The Journal will have to be ruthlessly revised, and that there is a typo on p. 497 of her typescript. There are a few words at the top of the letter in du Maurier’s hand.
2 books (one inscribed):
• The Glass-Blowers. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963. Red cloth in price-clipped dust jacket, slight foxing on the text block, very good. Inscribed and signed by du Maurier (as “Bing”, her family nickname) on the front free endpaper and dated April 1963.
• The Glass-Blowers. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963. Proof copy (priced at "0/0 net" on the dust jacket’s front flap). Thin card wrappers, in a colour jacket, similar in layout to the published edition, except for the smaller size, a different flap blurb, and the price. Slight mark on the title page.
Myself When Young (published 1977) material:
In her autobiography Myself When Young (the UK edition entitled Growing Pains: The Shaping of a Writer), du Maurier re-creates the first twenty-two years of her life: her London childhood, her adolescent years in Paris, and her discovery of self and love on the rugged Cornwall coast where she is to meet and marry “Boy” Freddy Browning.
1 Typescript of Myself When Young
• Myself When Young. Ts. marked up editorially for the American edition published by Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1977. xi, 255 (with 198a inserted), map, 26 (index) pp. Corrections and insertions also in pencil, apparently by du Maurier.
2 Sets of corrected galley proofs of Myself When Young
• Myself When Young. 2 sets of corrected galley proofs. (1) “Final Galley Proof”, marked L.E.D, without the index; (2) “Page Proof”, initialed B.D.T., with the index. With a memorandum from Doubleday & Company, Inc. (Hanover Plant), 16 August 1977, to Ken McCormick indicating that the setting copy, reader’s galleys, and reader’s pages are no longer needed for productions and are being returned.
Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) was the second daughter of Gerald and Muriel du Maurier. She is one of the best-loved authors of popular fiction of her generation. DuMaurier began publishing stories and articles in 1928. Her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published in 1931 by Heineman. Then followed The Progress of Julius (Heineman, 1933) and Gerald, A Portrait (Gollancz, 1934) before her first enduring success, Jamaica Inn, which was published by Gollancz in 1936. Two years later, she published her most significant and best-loved novel, Rebecca. Besides these works, she published a number of other novels, short-stories and biographical portraits, blending history and literary art in some, while developing her own unique vision of the macabre in others. Dame Daphne du Maurier, once remarked, "I can't say I really like people, perhaps that's why I always preferred to create my own,"
Collection on consignment