Catalogue of a presentation copy to H.G. Wells of Anita Bartle's 'This is my birthday'

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Margaret Czepiel
2019



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'This is my birthday' compiled with apposite quotations by Anita Bartle, with an introduction by Israel Zangwill (London: Grant Richards, 1902) inscribed by the author to H.G. Wells, with signatures of eminent figures.

1902-1943

Abstract:
A presentation copy of the first edition of Anita Bartle's This is my Birthday, inscribed by the author to H.G. Wells, with signatures of many eminent figures.

Extent: 1 volume
Physical facet: 1 volume (xvii, 733 pages), 8vo. Original brown cloth binding with an overall ruled design stamped in gilt, with gilded edges and lettering on upper board and spine.
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 12589

Scope and Content

'This is my birthday' compiled with apposite quotations by Anita Bartle with an introduction by Israel Zangwill (London: Grant Richards, 1902). The book was first published in 1902 drawing on Bartle's own extracts from the column in the Daily Chronicle. The book documents the birthdays of notable figures with related quotes from various authors. This is a presentation copy from the author to H.G. Wells, whom the author selected for the date of his birthday (21 September) and whose quote appears under the date of 6 April. In this, his own copy of the book, Wells added his own diminutive signature on the relevant date and a quotation from Keats (related to himself) and from Shakespeare (related to his wife). The book provides a record of visitors to the Wells household. Apart from the representatives of the Wells family, it features signatures (sometimes dated) of eminent, mainly literary, figures from around the world: Josephine Blumenfeld, R.D. Blumenfeld, Leo Chiozza Money, Korney Chukovsky, Joseph Conrad, Henry D. Davray (the French translator of Wells, Wilde et al.), Newman Flower, Charles Hagberg-Wright, E.S.P. Haynes, Syud Hossain, Violet Hunt, Robert Lynd, Sylvia Lynd, Vladimir Nabokov (1870-1922), Conrad Noel, Sydney Olivier, Marmaduke Pickthall, Robert Ross, A. Sargant-Florence, Alix Strachey, Frank Swinnerton and A. N. Tolstoy. Inserted in the book are two punch cards.

Acquisition

Purchased from Blackwell's, June 2017.

1 volume (xvii, 733 pages), 8vo. Original brown cloth binding with an overall ruled design stamped in gilt, with gilded edges and lettering on upper board and spine.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 12589, p. 123].

Digital images of a different copy of the same edition can be viewed on the Tate Gallery's website.

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Bartle | Anita |1876-1962 | artist
Wells | Herbert George | 1866-1946 | novelist

Subject(s)

20th century
Birthday books -- 20th century
Quotations


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