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The cross purposes : a coloured novelette / Betty Swanwick

Betty Swanwick RA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




1st edition


London: Editions Poetry London, Nicholson & Watson, 1945

Physical Description

64 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.

Summary Note

A very good-humoured satire – the story of three designing women, one charming and heartless, the second of uncertain years and intelligent, the third an heiress.

Of the two gentlemen who are the respective hopes of the three ladies, one is worldly and debonair, the other is in holy orders.

How these ladies work out their individual destinies and what happens to the “third one out” is for the reader to discover.

Each dramatic episode of this quaint story is illustrated by Miss Swanwick’s unusual, amusing and decorative drawings. [dust-jacket].


Signed in blue ballpoint pen by Betty Swanwick on the front free-endpaper
The front pastedown carries a 20th century Royal Academy bookplate

Binding Note

Original publisher's grey cloth, lettered gilt at the spine. Colour illustrated dust-jacket.


Illustrated books