Lot 460: Du Maurier Daphne



2015-07-10 15:42:38

Lot 460: Du Maurier Daphne: (1907-1989) British Author. T.L.S., Daphne, Three Pages, 8Vo, Kilmarth, Par, Cornwall, 30Th July 1969, To 'My Dear' (Foy Quiller-Couch). Du Maurier Writes A Social Letter To Her Friend, Explaining That She Didn'T Send A Copy Of The Strand Book To A Mutual Acquaintance, Clara, 'Because I Believe It Is So Very Hard For Her To Read Anything These Days. Do You Think She Would Like To Look At Yours, Or Do You Think She Will Be On A Hard Chair That I Have Not Sent Her One For Herself? I Could Not Bear To Offend Her.' And Continuing 'I Am Settling Down Well, Chiefly Because The House Itself Is So Charming, And Has Such A Happy Welcoming Atmosphere, And Of Course I Have My Routes Things Around Me. I Particularly Like My New Long Room, And My Bedroom, Whose View Reminds Me Of Old Days Looking Out Over Fower (Sic; Fowey) Harbour. I Have Not Been Back To Menabilly Gates Since I Drove Out Of Them On Impulse, Five Weeks Ago, With The Two Dogs, And Took Up My Quarters Here….It Was Just Like Saying Good-Bye To Someone One Knew Was Going To Die. I Know This Is Fanciful, But At Any Rate, Die As Far As I Was Concerned. And I Find Myself Missing It Now In The Way One Misses Anyone Who Has Died, And Whom One Loved, But The Process Of Time Will Adapt One.' Du Maurier Also Writes Of Other Mutual Acquaintances And Family Members, Including Her Son And His Children, And Concludes 'I Long To Have A Really Long Natter With You. Perhaps When Family Clear Off (Tess And Brood Come Next Week) And When September Mellows The Countryside?' About Ex Foy Quiller-Couch - Daughter Of British Writer Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944), And A Life-Long Friend Of Du Maurier. Indeed, Du Maurier Was Accompanied By Foy Quiller-Couch When She Became Inspired With The Storyline For Her Novel Jamaica Inn. In 1930, Apparently Around The Time Of The Present Letter, The Two Ladies Were Staying At Jamaica Inn And Went Riding On Bodmin Moor. They Became Lost In Bad Weather Conditions And Apparently Sheltered For Some Time In A Derelict Cottage On The Moor But Were Eventually Led Back To Jamaica Inn By Their Horses. The Work To Which Du Maurier Refers To In The Present Letter Is Her Novel The House On The Strand Which Was Published In 1969. It Is Set In And Around Kilmarth Near The Cornish Village Of Tywardreath (Which Translates From The Cornish Language As 'House On The Strand'). International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £200 - 300
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