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Four Hedges - A Gardener's Chronicle

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Product description

This book first appeared in October 1935, in time for Christmas, and was one of that year's favourite books, even at the then fairly substantial price of 10/6 (ten shillings & sixpence - now 52.5 pence). Subtitled 'A Gardener's Chronicle', it does what it says on the tin, beginning in April, and progressing through the gardening year to the end of the following March. The author, evidently herself a keen gardener as well as an accomplished artist, writes in a most easy and friendly style, with the poetic vision of the artist, and the text is enlivened throughout by her own delightful woodcut engravings of plants, birds, insects, molluscs and occasionally, human beings.

Clare Leighton (Clara Ellaline {sometimes Veronica} Hope Leighton) (1898-1989) was an English/American artist, writer and illustrator, best known for her wood engravings. She and the radical journalist H. N. Brailsford met in 1928 and they lived together for several years. He was separated from a wife who refused him a divorce. When his wife died in 1937, leaving the way clear for the couple to marry, he suffered an emotional breakdown, destroying his relationship with Leighton who left for a new life in the US in 1939. She never married. Her ashes are buried in a cemetery in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Our book is (as stated on the dust jacket) 'a cheap edition' (at 5 shillings - just 25 pence), but is in generally good condition for its age. Bound in bright blue-green cloth, with only minor signs of wear, and some minimal darkening of the top & bottom edges, it is protected by a battered and very grubby dust jacket which is torn and has suffered loss at various points, as well as being quite badly foxed, particularly on the back, and inside. Inside the book, however, foxing (very slight) is seen only on the endpapers, and the binding is firm, with all pages clean and bright. The name of an owner is inscribed on the front fep, with the date 1940, and there is a blue biro-ed scribble on the same endpaper. Apart from these minor flaws, this is a lovely book, and would appeal to any gardener.

Item details

Added value:
88 lovely wood engravings
Author(s):
Leighton, C.
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
26.5 x 20 x 3 cm
Edition:
1938
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
167
Publisher:
Victor Gollancz Limited
Title:
Four Hedges - a Gardener's Chronicle

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This book first appeared in October 1935, in time for Christmas, and was one of that year's favourite books, even at the then fairly substantial price of 10/6 (ten shillings & sixpence - now 52.5 pence). Subtitled 'A Gardener's Chronicle', it does what it says on the tin, beginning in April, and progressing through the gardening year to the end of the following March. The author, evidently herself a keen gardener as well as an accomplished artist, writes in a most easy and friendly style, with the poetic vision of the artist, and the text is enlivened throughout by her own delightful woodcut engravings of plants, birds, insects, molluscs and occasionally, human beings.

Clare Leighton (Clara Ellaline {sometimes Veronica} Hope Leighton) (1898-1989) was an English/American artist, writer and illustrator, best known for her wood engravings. She and the radical journalist H. N. Brailsford met in 1928 and they lived together for several years. He was separated from a wife who refused him a divorce. When his wife died in 1937, leaving the way clear for the couple to marry, he suffered an emotional breakdown, destroying his relationship with Leighton who left for a new life in the US in 1939. She never married. Her ashes are buried in a cemetery in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Our book is (as stated on the dust jacket) 'a cheap edition' (at 5 shillings - just 25 pence), but is in generally good condition for its age. Bound in bright blue-green cloth, with only minor signs of wear, and some minimal darkening of the top & bottom edges, it is protected by a battered and very grubby dust jacket which is torn and has suffered loss at various points, as well as being quite badly foxed, particularly on the back, and inside. Inside the book, however, foxing (very slight) is seen only on the endpapers, and the binding is firm, with all pages clean and bright. The name of an owner is inscribed on the front fep, with the date 1940, and there is a blue biro-ed scribble on the same endpaper. Apart from these minor flaws, this is a lovely book, and would appeal to any gardener.

Added value:
88 lovely wood engravings
Author(s):
Leighton, C.
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
26.5 x 20 x 3 cm
Edition:
1938
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
167
Publisher:
Victor Gollancz Limited
Title:
Four Hedges - a Gardener's Chronicle

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