Here then, in chronological order, are inscribed copies, posters, music scores, chapbooks, marked up play scripts (a particular pleasing one of Shakespeare's Henry V from a 1909 production), John Lennon’s 1949 copy of William the Gangster by Richmal Crompton, a specially-bound manuscript of Orlando by Virginia Woolf as present to Vita Sackville-West, and the copy of Kim by Rudyard Kipling which was taken on Captain Scott’s 1910-13 Antarctica expedition.
There is also a copy of The World of Jeeves by P.G.Wodehouse whch includes a handwritten note to Dame Agatha Christie, a collection of children’s books used by evacuees in Newcastle during the Second World War from Wallington, Northumberland, and atmospheric photos of Sackville-West in her Long Library at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent and Christie in her library at Greenway, Devon.
It's certainly an international collection. Included here is the country house lending library put together (and bound in brown paper) specially for American servicemen billeted in the country house Springhill in County Londonderry during World War II, an Ethiopian manuscript prayer book from c. 1750-1820, and an early 16th century Spanish Book of Hours.
The production values are high throughout and the compact format and accessible style will make it an attractive present for anybody who likes books and the stories that ownership tells.
100 Books from the Libraries of the National Trust is published April 6. Incidental to the book, but still recommended is the National Trust Libraries group on Facebook.