"E.V.B." [BOYLE, Eleanor Vere]. The Peacock's Pleasaunce.

John Lane The Bodley Head. 1908.

£198

8vo., sometime bound in half vellum over green cloth boards, spine with contrasting leather label and gilt decoration, top edge gilt. Frontispiece by the author, with 8 black and white photographs of peacocks. Some scattered foxing, repaired tear to p.64 otherwise a very good copy.

First edition inscribed by Boyle "In Memory of the Beautiful Peacock from EVB". With the bookplate of Leonard Noble and with a three page autograph letter signed by Boyle to Leonard Noble tipped in at the rear. The letter discusses a visit that Noble made to Eleanor Vere Boyle's home, Huntercombe Manor in Maidenhead. "It was a great pleasure to me to see you here and your true appreciation of things that mean so much joy to me was delightful." Boyle goes on to talk of her garden "the doorways are to be cleared of great asphodel and St John's Wort" and bemoans that her rheumatism and the summer heat prevented her from showing Noble her patch of wintergreen flowers, "you know the little white stars of it - it has survived three summers - as yet".

The Peacock's Pleasaunce is a collection of essays on a variety of subjects including, gardening, woodland, art, and birds.

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