[Presentation copy from the author.] Selected Verses by Virginia Graham 1939-1945.

Virginia Graham [best friend of the comedienne Joyce Grenfell]
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Printed by the Broadwater Press Ltd, Welwyn Garden City, Herefordshire. [1945.]
SKU: 16336

[2] + 44pp., 8vo. In lilac paper wraps with title in silver on front cover. Internally in good condition on lightly-aged paper; in worn wraps with creased corner at rear and small square of staining from label on front cover. Inscribed on front pastedown: 'With best wishes | from | Virginia Graham. | 1946.' A charming collection in Grenfell mode, with poems including 'Café Triste' (beginning: 'Miss Tomkinson, do you suppose | That you and I | On this same day next year | Will still be sitting here, | Eating this vegetable pie | Covered white glucose?') and 'V J Day' (beginning: 'Hurray! Hurray! | this is the day | when the whole nation | joins in the celebration | of everlasting peace; | so let me hit this policeman | as hard as I can. | Whopee | for liberty!') Uncommon: the only copies on COPAC at the British Library and National Library of Scotland.