DAYS NEAR ROME. Fifth edition By St. Claire Baddeley.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd, 1933. viii, 310 pages. Illustrated with folding maps and plates. Original pictorial cloth, gilt. Octavo. Touch worn at heel of spine; else a very good copy. From the library of the composer Edward Elgar, with his small printed bookplate on the front pastedown, inscribed in his hand, 'Vera from[Elgar's printed name]1933.' Vera is, almost certainly, Vera Hockman, a violinist and mother of two, half Elgar's age, whom Elgar met in 1931 and fell in love with. He would only live another two years, but their relationship inspired him to compose again.