LEE, Laurie (author). John WARD (illustrator). Cider With Rosie. London: The Hogarth Press. 1959.
8vo. Original mid green linson boards lettered, and decorated, in gilt to spine, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [xii], 9-280 + [i]; with full-page illustrations in line; a pleasing copy with small bruising to spine ends, a tiny knock to top forecorner of upper cover, a shallow dent to fore-edge of lower board, and a little overall rubbing, internally generally very clean with two small names neatly crossed through on front free endpaper, a little blistering to lower pastedown, and 2 tiny brown spots to lower margin of one page; the attractive unclipped dustwrapper (18s) with light overall dusting, one very unobtrusive (55mm) closed tear to bottom edge of upper panel with a little associated creasing (now invisibly repaired to the reverse), light rubbing to extremities, and nicking to spine ends and corners.
First edition, first issue, including the reference, on p. 272, to the fire at the local piano factory, which became the subject of threatened legal action: "There was a fire at the piano-works almost every year, it seemed to be a way of balancing the books".