Michael Joseph, 1969.
Signed by both Author and Illustrator on the titlepage. Blue boards with gilt titles. Pictorial dustwrapper by John Ward. A very good+ copy with clean boards. Internally clean and complete. A couple of light marks to leading textblock edge. The very good+ dustwrapper is complete with a couple of closed tears. Original price of £2.50 net to front flap.
The first volume in Bates' autobiography covering his ancestors, childhood, education and life up to the acceptance of the Two Sisters in 1925. A wonderful recollection of memories, nature and village life as the world was before fast cars, television, the internet etc - the vanished world indeed! Wonderfully illustrated throughout by John Ward.