NASH, Paul. DRINKWATER, John. ~ Cotswold Characters.
5 wood engravings by Paul Nash. Reprint of the 1921 edition. 8vo., original straw coloured speckled paper covered boards with printed paper label on upper cover,in original glassine wrapper. Short chip to head of spine, some darkening to endpapers.
The characters described and illustrated are Thesiger Crowne the Mason, Simon Rodd the Fisherman, Rufus Clay the Foreigner, Pony the Footballer and Joe Pentifer and Son. Drinkwater lived in the Cotswolds and this was his attempt to describe the Cotswold yeoman who “is as unoriginal and as new and vital as an oak tree or a starry night”.
Inscribed by Drinkwater’s wife Daisy Kennedy Drinkwater, to Lord Birkenhead, “saying, Thank you, for taking the chair at the Royal Society of Literature’s John Drinkwater Memorial at Hyde Park Gardens on June 5th 1952”.