Written by Laurie Lee.
With drawings by John Ward.
Published by The Hogarth Press in 1959.
First Edition, First Impression.
Condition: Both book and dust jacket are in very good condition. The book has slightly bumped corners and some light foxing in places, but is otherwise clean and unmarked with tight binding. The original dust jacked has not been price clipped and shows original price of 18s. It has a couple of light creases and two small tears, but is otherwise is in good condition.
A first edition, first impression of one of the most iconic stories of childhood. A vivid memoir of boyhood in a remote Cotswold village, before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change.
This is the rare first issue with the mention of 'a fire at the piano-works almost every year' on page 272 (see photo). This was subsequently removed in later printings. Most of the big rare booksellers price this scarce first issue at between £300 and £500. Our price is £190.
One of the great coming of age novels, and a classic of English rural writing.