The Farmer's Year by Clare Leighton 1st / 1st 1933
FIRST UK EDITION published by Collins in 1933. The wrapper is very complete and in remarkable condition. Usually found with wear and tears this copy has a near perfect wrapper with no loss. The spine is only lightly browned. There is one very small closed tear to the back panel along the bottom edge. There are no marks and it looks fresh. The boards have one bleached white mark to the top right hand corner of the front board. Otherwise looks in excellent condition. The pages and illustrations are very clean. This is a very near fine copy and as such is scarce.
In the early 1930s Clare Leighton began work on a sequence of wood engravings depicting traditional farming in England over the course of a calendar year. The country was in the grips of the Great Depression. Unemployment had doubled. Hunger marches were beginning to spread through towns and cities. Machines were replacing men and women on the land. Already established as one of the most about the editor:. An accomplished writer, Clare Leighton was encouraged to write a series of sketches to accompany the twelve engravings she produced. The Farmer's Year was the result. A scarce book in such very near fine condition.