A Note of Explanation


A Note of Explanation: A Little Tale of Secrets and Enchantment from Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.

Preserved unseen on a bookshelf in the library of the dolls’ house created for Queen Mary in 1924, this enchanting story is a previously unknown work by the celebrated poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West.

The delightful tale tells of a spirit who inhabits the dolls’ house, unseen by conservators, paying guests to Windsor Castle and even Queen Mary herself. Having seemingly been present for the major moments of fairy-tale history such as Cinderella’s ball, Sleeping Beauty’s waking kiss and the creation of Aladdin’s palace, she has made herself at home in this early twentieth-century house, baffling even its maker.

This sumptuous book is beautifully bound in real cloth and uniquely illustrated by Kate Baylay. This charming story by a major figure in twentieth-century literature will appeal to adults and children alike.

Written by Vita Sackville-West and illustrated by Kate Baylay.

Afterword by Matthew Dennison.


25 × 17.5 cm.

48 pages.

Approx. 50 colour illustrations.

ISBN 978 1 909741 52 2.

UK - From £4.95

Europe - From £15

US and Canada - From £20

Rest of World - From £30


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