Just as interesting is the rather odd bookplate of some former owners pasted inside the front cover of the book.
|Ref: Bookplate, Printed 1749 CHET, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
The book would have been of interest to Monica, who was the drama and film critic of the Daily Herald, a left-wing leaning newspaper published in London in the early 20th century. She was also well known in her day as a writer of over 50 light romantic novels.
Her husband, Norman was also a journalist for the Daily Herald, writing on foreign affairs. He got an interview with Trotsky while on assignment to cover the Russian Revolution, and became a member of the Communist Party. He soon was spying for the Russians, but whilst MI5 knew about his activities, he managed to avoid being prosecuted. After the Second World War he became disillusioned with the Soviet Union and communism and turned to the Labour Party.
Monica and Norman separated in 1926 and she moved to South Africa. Monica died in 1964. Norman retired from the Daily Herald also in 1964 and died in 1976.
Author: Ian Snowdon, Sir George Grey Special Collections