First American edition, with original typed correspondence between the author and an enthusiastic bookseller, in which Bagnold discusses selling the film rights to the book.
Fine in near-fine jacket.
"I don't like people," said Velvet, "except us and mother and Mi. I like only horses."
Remembered and read as a young adult classic, National Velvet is also, as Jane Smiley writes, an idiosyncratic and unsparing look at "the intricate psychological chaos that is the Brown household." The film adaptation gave a young Elizabeth Taylor her first starring role, and offers a simpler and sweeter story than Bagnold's dark and deep original. This copy contains a typed letter signed from Bagnold that details the earliest beginnings of the famous film adaptation, reading in part: "I am just in the middle of the most exciting week leaning first to one film company and then to another. It is very amusing and at the same time threatening to have the tentacles of Hollywood stretching over into one's family life." The letter is dated 1935, but the film would not be produced until 1944. The brightest, strangest star in the horse book firmament, in the rare original dust jacket.
Read more: Jane Smiley, "National Velvet by Enid Bagnold - Rereading."
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1935. 8'' x 5'' Original quarter black cloth with red cloth boards. In original unclipped ($2.50) black and red pictorial dust jacket. Red topstain. Illustrated by the author's daughter, Laurian Jones. , 303,  pages. Three typescript letters laid in, one by the author (signed as Enid Jones). Jacket very faintly scuffed at extremities. Date ("August 1938") penned to jacket verso.
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