Jonathan Cape, 1937, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Fair Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket, First Edition
Front covers illustrated by a small vignette in red of the house in the story; end-papers illustrated by a pattern of garden tools in pink; the author was a Northern Irish journalist and novelist chiefly remembered for his liaison in 1929 with Evelyn Gardner while she was married to Evelyn Waugh. (He is portrayed as "John Beaver" in Waugh's A Handful of Dust.) This tale of life on the Sussex coast tells of the house that John modernised, creating, with his wife Joanna, their home out of a derelict sixteenth-century farmhouse. a fairly scarce book & an amusing read. First impression of the First Edition. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 252 pages. a few minor marks or blemishes to the margins of a few pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Slight foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed. Previous owner's book-plate laid in to fep. plus 'Times Book Club' small label inside rear cover. pink top edge; deckled (rough cut) bottom edge. Silver titles spine. splash(?) mark to bottom edge of spine & covers but not affecting internal contents; covers a little grubby at edges. pink cloth; illustrated by b/w. drawings throughout. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Biography & Autobiography; House Renovation; Building; Farming & Rural Life; Architecture. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3796.