The Water Beetle

The Water Beetle

Nancy Mitford. Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster.

Hamish Hamilton. London. 1962. First edition. Hardback; red cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. 144 pages. Dust jacket, frontispiece and 5 full-page plates by Osbert Lancaster. English. 205 x 140mm. 0.3kg. . Very good, in near fine dust jacket; jacket fresh, not price-clipped; spotting and slight browning to edges.

A first edition of Nancy Mitford's collection of essays, with illustrations by Osbert Lancaster. The essays are divided into two parts, 'English' and 'Foreign', and encompass the Mitford sisters' nanny, 'Reading for Pleasure', a visit to Russia, Louis XVI, 'Portrait of a French Country House', and the meaning of "chic". Many of the articles first appeared in papers and journals such as The Sunday Times, The Times, Horizon, New Stateman, and Encounter.

Price :  £75.00