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Book Description
First edition, first impression, second state. Octavo (197 x 129mm), pp. [2 (blank l.)], [2 (half-title with publisher’s preview, blank)], 280, [2 (illustration, blank)], [2 (blank l.)]. Frontispiece, 16 full-page and 10 further illustrations after John Ward in the text. (A few small marginal marks.) Original dark green boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, colour-printed dustwrapper designed by John Ward, not price-clipped. (Spine slightly leant, extremities lightly bumped, light spotting on top and fore-edges of book block, dustwrapper slightly creased and darkened at edges, spine darkened and slightly chipped at ends, and with minor abrasions.) A very good copy in the dustwrapper.
Dealer Notes
First edition, first impression, second state.Cider with Rosie […]. The book was published to laudatory reviews in 1959, won the W. H. Smith award, and sold six million copies. Its success enabled Lee to buy Rose Cottage, Slad, “in the heart of the village, six stumbling paces from the pub”’ (ODNB). First published on 6 November 1959, 20,000 copies were sold in the first three weeks, and the first, second and third impressions were all printed prior to 22 December 1959.

The first edition was published on 6 November 1959, and the first three impressions of the first edition, all of which were printed before 22 December 1959, are ‘commonly identified by the inclusion at page 272 of the paragraph beginning “There was a fire at the piano-works almost every year, it seemed to be a way of balancing the books…”’, which is present here. ‘This paragraph provoked a civil claim for libel, and the quoted sentence (and the one preceding it) […] was omitted from all later printings and editions’ (Oliver-Jones), and apparently all remaining copies including this passage were ‘impounded in Gloucestershire’ (letter from Lee to Ronald Batty, husband of Christina Foyle, 23 February 1972).

This is the second state of the first impression, which includes the publisher’s preview on the half-title (‘Laurie Lee, the youngest but one of a family of eight …’), which is not present in very rare first state of the preliminaries (these two states of the first impression had not been identified when Oliver-Jones published his bibliography). This copy is bound in green boards, but copies are also known in a variant binding of blue boards (cf. Oliver-Jones A.10(c)).

Oliver-Jones, Laurie Lee 1914-1997: A Bibliography, A.10(b).
Author LEE, Laurence Edward Alan (‘Laurie’)
Date 1959
Publisher London: T. and A. Constable Ltd for The Hogarth Press

Price: £295.00

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