Gryffon Publications, 1986.
First edition 1951; second edition 1973.
Hardback; 160 x 220 mm; dark green boards with gold titles on spine; xiv & 146 pages. Original unclipped dust jacket. Twenty-three illustrations in monochrome.
The book is in very good condition. The binding is sound. The top edge of the dust jacket is bumped. One corner of the photograph pasted on to the front of the jacket is raised, and very slightly pulling away at one spot on one edge. The Times obituary of Norman Jewson, 1975, has been tipped in and partially pasted to the recto of the front free endpaper.
Norman Jewson (1884 – 1975) was an English architect-craftsman of the Arts and Crafts movement, who practised in the Cotswolds. He was a distinguished, younger member of the group which had settled in Sapperton, Gloucestershire, a village in rural southwest England, under the influence of Ernest Gimson. Surviving into old age, he brought their ideas and working methods into the second half of the 20th century. His book of reminiscences has become established as a minor classic of the English Arts and Crafts movement. His repair of the Tudor Owlpen Manor in 1925–26 is often regarded as his most representative and successful work. Jewson describes, in his autobiographical reminiscences, By Chance I did Rove, how, having finished his apprenticeship in 1907, he set out with a donkey and trap on a sketching tour in the Cotswolds, ‘a part of the country little known at that time’. He had no idea that he would stay there for the rest of his life.