London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1961. First U.K. Edition. Octavo,pp. 6 7-99 100 101-217 218 219-255 256 257-552, brown cloth boards with lettering in gilt on the spine, dust jacket illustration from a painting by Sydney Nolan. Flat signed by White on the title page, ownership name in ink on the dedication page. Cloth spine a little sunned, head of spine abraded and foot has been pushed, corners sharp, three small patches of insect damage along top edge of boards, edges of leaves are foxed (top and fore edge), small water stain to foot of text block. Dust jacket is price clipped, worn along the joints and separating at the front joint vertically from the head for 5cm. From the library of Klári Daniel's nephew (The book was dedicated to Klári Daniel and together with Ben Huebsch, White's New York editor). (Hubber and Smith H2a). Item #810
A signed association coming from the library of Klári Daniel's nephew, previously owned by Daniel's brother, who signed his name on the Dedication page. White and Daniel had an intense freindship that lasted a decade from the early 1950s. During their friendship they talked almost every day on the phone and she played an enormous role in helping White understand Jewish belief and ritual (Marr, p.362). This understanding was crucial to White writing the character Himmelfarb in the novel. When White asked his New York editor Ben Huebsch in February 1961 if he could dedicate the book to Huebsch as well as to Daniel he wrote, "Klári has been my mentor" (Hubber and Smith, p.94). The Eyre and Spottiswoode is the first UK edition published just a few week asfter the US Viking Press edition.