Michael Joseph, 1958, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Poor, First Edition, Illustrated By: Broom Lynne -- Cover Art
Dark red coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the spine. Illustrated dustwrapper ( wraparound ), by Broom Lynne, with white coloured titles to the front panel and spine. The first novel chronicling the adventures of the Larkin family. " The Darling Buds of May is a picture of the spiv-like Larkin family, who live on the fat of the land while all else about decays and has something of the gay, exuberant, abundant quality of a Breughel. The Larkins, with their passion for eating and drinking, dodging taxes, making love and drawing up their own peculiar and uninhibited moral code, face life as many of us would like to face it . if we dared -- richly, robustly and with no single thought for consequences or tomorrow." -- from the front fold over blurb Bumping to the head and to the heel of the spine and there has also been rubbing and the fading of the cloth, commensurate with dust wrapper loss. Rubbing and slight bumping to the book corners and shelfwear to the lower book edges. Heavy browning and foxing to the paper edges. Offset tanning, browning and foxing to the endpapers and the internal pages have become quite aged toned and stained in places. Previous owner's name to the top left-hand corner of the free front endpaper. The dustwrapper is in pretty poor shape. Rubbing and chipping, with loss to the dustwrapper corners. Heavy rubbing to all edges of the dustwrapper, including both sides of the spine. The top spine edge has become rubbed and chipped and the last 2" of the spine is missing. In fact the front panel has become completely detached from the rest of the dustwrapper and has been repaired with tape, inexpertly, tape still in situ. Browning and foxing to the verso of the dustwrapper. This is the first UK edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 160 pages, last 2 blank. . Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Broom Lynne -- Cover Art. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; Britain/UK; Humour. Inventory No: 0104457.