A blessed girl. Memoirs of a victorian girlhood chronicled in an exchange of letters 1887-1896.
London, Rupert Hart-Davis 1953.
8vo. x+840pp, photo frontis, photo ills on (4) plates. Publisher’s cloth, spine faded and slightly bumped at top, light mark on upper cover. Roderick Gradidge’s copy (bookplate).
The childhood experiences of the young Lady Lytton with excerpts from her extensive correspondence up until her marriage, largely with her sisters, the Rev. Whitwell Elwin and her future husband Edwin Lutyens. The reminiscences of characters such as Gertrude Jekyll (nicknamed “Bumps”) and Wilfred Scawen Blunt are amusing, but the budding relationship between the rather spoilt and opinionated Emily and the youthful unknown architect is more intriguing still.