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Carrington, Noel; Edward Bawden, illus. Life in an English village. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1949. 12mo (18.3 cm, 7.2"). 30,  pp.; 16 col. plts. (on 8 double-sided ff.), illus. $85.00
First edition: No. 51 from the => King Penguin Books series, a set of monographs being the first hardcover Penguin books as well as the first to feature color printing. Carrington was an influential book designer and editor and the founder of Puffin Books, Penguin's children's imprint; his preface here offers a clear-eyed look at the economic and social realities of villages as well as an affirmation of the good in village life.
Taking his own village of Bardfield as a model, Edward Bawden supplied => six full-page black and white illustrations and 16 color-printed scenes, including "The Child Welfare Clinic" and "An Agricultural Machinery Repair Shop" as well as "The Vicar," "The Bell" (a pub), and "The Market Gardener." The list of plates specifies that "the coloured illustrations in this book are from drawings made by the artist directly on to lithographic zinc plates. They are therefore originals and not reproductions of drawings made on paper."
Publisher's printed paper–covered boards, spine reinforced some time ago with cellophane tape. Issued without dust jacket. Pages and plates clean and crisp. (40875) Please RESHELVE This.
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