ARDIZZONE, Edward, & Maurice Gorham.
Back to the Local.
First edition, first impression. The follow-up to Ardizzone and Gorham’s The Local (1939), in which they look at the post-war London pub. The first book is scarce because, as Gorham explains in his Foreword, that “book’s career ended when unsold copies, sheets, and plates of the drawings went up together in the burning of Cassells’ premises in Belle Sauvage Yard” during the Blitz.
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Octavo. Original red cloth, gilt lettered spine. With the dust jacket. Title page vignette, frontispiece and full-page illustrations throughout by Ardizzone. Jacket spine lightly sunned, panels a little soiled and with a few closed-tears. A very good copy.