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A Note of Explanation

A Note of Explanation

An Undiscovered Story from Queen Mary's Dollhouse

By Vita Sackville-West, Illustrated by Kate Baylay


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A Note of Explanation is a previously unknown work by iconic writer Vita Sackville-West. Written in 1922, it was recently rediscovered as a miniature book in Queen Mary's dollhouse in Windsor Castle. Witty and stylish, the story recounts the antics of a time-traveling sprite who inhabits the dollhouse. This illustrated, cloth-bound edition presents the story for the first time since 1924. Lovers of literature and history will rejoice in this irresistible collector's item and one-of-a-kind literary gift.

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Pages: 48 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: March 2018
ISBN: 9781452169965
Vita Sackville-West (1892–1962) was a celebrated English writer and garden designer associated with the Bloomsbury Group. She is also known for inspiring Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando.

Kate Baylay is an illustrator based in London. Matthew Dennison is the author of Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West.

Media Reviews

“An extraordinary story by Vita Sackville-West….This tale of a fashionable creature who flits in and out of fairy tales and historical epochs is made exquisite by Kate Baylay’s art-deco-style illustrations.” —Wall Street Journal