The Water Beetle

MITFORD, Nancy (author). Osbert LANCASTER (illustrator). The Water Beetle.

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MITFORD, Nancy (author). Osbert LANCASTER (illustrator). The Water Beetle. London; Hamish Hamilton. 1962.

8vo. Original red and blue flecked cloth, in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [x], 3-144; with 6 full-page plates on donkey brown stock, by Osbert Lancaster; a very clean copy with a pictorial bookplate, and faint vestiges of inscription, to front free endpaper, protected by a fine, fresh, price-clipped dustwrapper with only a trace of light toning to lower panel and a tiny (4mm) closed edge tear to the same.
First edition of this collection. An entertaining collection of essays on subjects as diverse as: French country life; tourist hordes on the Italian city of Torcello; recollections on life with the Mitford children's nanny; and her own experiences of Russia, an account which was previously unpublished.