New York: The Macmillan Company, 1937. Clare Leighton. First edition. Hardcover. 159pp. Quarto [27 cm] Red cloth covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine. There are large splotchy areas of fading on the spine, and the top edge of the front cover has a strip of fading as well. There are small losses from the head and the foot of the spine, and the cloth on the spine has a couple of small open tears in the surface. The endsheets are darkened and a bit discolored. There is a previous owner's bookplate on the front pastedown, and there is a 2" crack in the rear endsheet along the hinge. The text block is cracked at p. 96. The dust jacket is in several pieces, and has losses from the edges. The spine of the jacket is absent. Age-toned. Item #36461
Clare Leighton is most known for her illustrations of agrarian life in England, Europe and the American South. Throughout her career she illustrated nearly 65 books including The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy.