Gorham, Maurice ~ The Local (Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone )
Cassell and Co 1939
First UK printing published by Cassell in 1939.The BOOK is in VERY GOOD + condition.Original two-colour printed paper boards are lightly marked.The spine is missing as invariably is the case with this title due to the restrictions on quality of war time production.The boards are however firmly attached and the book is tight.The book is free from inscriptions and the pages are clean.Frontispiece, titlepage, xvi ~+ 51 pages, with all 14 other illustrations (including one double-page spread) in very good condition.The Ardizzone illustrations, printed at the Curwen Press in stunning chromolithography,retain their vitality. Among the named pubs illustrated are the Spread Eagle in Thame, the Warrington in Maida Vale, the Red Lion at Barnes, the Goat just off Bond Street.The text, together with the Glossary of Terms commonly used in connection with the London Pubs, remain a wonderful insight and are added to by the wonderful Ardizzone lithos.A very rare title to find in any collectable condition and a key Ardizzone title.
CONDITION: Very Good++