Laurie Lee – Cider With Rosie – First UK Edition 1959 – With Letter To Libel Lawyer Michael Rubinstein – The Hogarth Press
A first edition, first printing published by The Hogarth Press in 1959. A near fine book with some spotting to the page edges, in a near fine wrapper which is unclipped. Comes with a handwritten letter (ALS) in Lee’s trademark felt-tip on his headed notepaper from 9/40 Elm Park Gardens, Chelsea, London. He writes to Michael RubInstein, dated 3 February 1986, offering his support for an applicant (Regie Sloane?) for membership to the celebrated Garrick Club. He signs his full name boldly. Note he spells Rubinstein incorrectly as Rubenstein - in context a telling metaphoric betrayal of Lee's reputation for not always presenting his 'facts' with 100% accuracy. In this respect, the recipient is particularly interesting - Michael Rubinstein was a lawyer specialising in publishing and literary matters, particularly concerning libel - and it was Rubinstein who was instructed to act for The Hogarth Press over the famous 'fire at the piano factory' passages in Lee's Cider With Rosie in 1960 which resulted in Lee having to pay substantial personal damages, and passages in the 1959 first edition of the book being amended. Rare with this letter and a nice package.