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First Edition, 1959. Published by Hogarth Press, London. 


This first issue includes the reference to the factory blaze ('to balance the books', pg. 272) which was subsequently removed in later editions. Benearh the dustjacket illustrated by John Ward is the publisher's green cloth covers with gilt titles to spine. The jacket is slightly toned and rubbed at the edges, but overall the book is in very good.


This is Laurie Lee's autobiographical story of his childhood seen from many years later in a Gloucestershire village in the period just following the Great War, detailing a traditional and simple life which disappeared with developments such as motorised transport. The identity of Rosie was revealed years later to be Lee's distant cousin Rosalind Buckland.

Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

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