Britain and the Beast.London: J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd, 1937 Stock Code: 124619
First edition, first impression. Various writers contributed to this volume of essays on the necessity of preserving rural England, of which the first is John Maynard Keynes, with his essay "Art and the State", originally published in 1936 in The Listener journal. Keynes was a strong supporter of state patronage of the arts, and would later be a leading figure in the formation of the Arts Council and its first chairman.
Octavo. Original grey cloth, spine lettered in gilt, monochrome photographic endpapers, top edge red.
Spine a little faded, a couple of tiny markings to cloth, some marking to bottom edge, title page slightly foxed, a few instances of pencil marks in margins, else a very good copy.
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