The Autobiographical Trilogy: [Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One …
The Autobiographical Trilogy: [Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One …

LEE, Laurie. The Autobiographical Trilogy: [Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning; A Moment of War].

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LEE, Laurie The Autobiographical Trilogy: [Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning; A Moment of War] London: The Hogarth Press, Andre Deutsch & Viking, 1959-1991.

8vo., 3 vols; green, peach, and black publisher's boards, lettered in gilt and silver along the backstrips; Vol I illustrated with drawings by John Ward; Vol II with illustrations by Leonard Rosoman; Vol III illustrated by Keith Bowen; Vol II with upper edge in green; pp. [xii], 9-280, [iv]; [xii], 13-252, [iv]; [xii], 178, [ii]; near-fine copies all, some compresion to spine tips, and dents to edges; some very minor spotting to outer edges; one larger spot to outer edge of final few pps of Vol I; correspondingly so to the jacket; mild offsetting to endleaves; and very minor toning to the text block; jackets with minimal creasing, all unclipped.
First editions all. Cider with Rosie is the correct first issue, with the reference to the piano factory 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". Volume two, As I walked out one Midsummer Morning is signed by the author in his customary black ink to the half-title.
Lee's autobiographical trilogy presents a vivid coming-of-age story, which covers his early childhood growing up in the Cotswolds, through to an account of his journey through England and Spain on foot, and concluding with a gripping chronicle of his part in the Spanish Civil War.
A very uptogether set - the spines, often found faded, here remaining clean and bright.

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