Jun 02, 2022 - Sale 2607

Sale 2607 - Lot 150

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
Rhys, Jean (1890-1979)
Wide Sargasso Sea, Signed Presentation Copy.

London: Andre Deutsch, [1966].

Octavo, presented by Rhys to Margaret Lane, who presented the author with the W.H. Smith & Son Literary Award for 1965/66, with a calligraphic presentation leaf in red and black ink dated December 13, 1967 inserted after the endleaves, the same page inscribed by the author at the top, "Jean Rhys to Margaret Lane," in blue ink and a shaky hand; bound in full custom red morocco, gilt-lettered spine, inner gilt dentelles, 7 1/2 x 4 3/4 in.

In Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys imagines the life of Rochester's first wife, the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Francis Wyndham, who wrote the introduction to the book calls it, "an imaginative feat almost uncanny in its vivid intensity."