071. POMPADOUR (Madame de) Letters of the Marchioness of Pompadour. From MDCCLIII to MDCCLXII, inclusive. In Two Volumes, London, Sold by W.Owen …, 1771

First Edition of this spurious, but marvellous, collection; now attributed to Barbe-Marbois. A supplementary volume appeared the following year.
With a charming 20th Century gift inscription to the famous actress Dame Anna Neagle, from her long term professional ally, the writer / director Herbert Wilcox, who shot her to fame. Two years after her first big success in the title part of Nell Gwynn ( of which Graham Greene said: I have seen few things more attractive than Miss Neagle in breeches … ), she followed up with another true-life figure, portraying Irish actress Peg Woffington in ‘Peg of Old Drury’ (1936). The inscription we have here runs: To Anna Neagle with admiration and thanks for her great help in writing Peg Woffington, Dec 13 [19]34, Herbert Wilcox.

2 vols, 12mo, pp. xii, 176; [iv], 151 [1], 8 ff. Contents, contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, (rebacked to style, light waterstain to front end-papers of vol. 1).

£250