THOMPSON, F.; Julie NEILD [Illus.]. Lark Rise to Candleford.

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THOMPSON, F.; Julie NEILD [Illus.] Lark Rise to Candleford. London: Oxford University Press, 1945.

8vo., red publisher's cloth lettered in gilt to the backstrip; housed in the original unclipped dustwrapper (15s. Net) illustrat4ed by Julie Neild; [vii], viii-xv, [viii], 4-556; with vignette to title, 24 chapter headings and three tailpieces, all wood engraved by Neild; a very good copy, upper hinge cracked (now expertly repaired); previous ownership name in ink to ffep, along with a contemporary inscription (in two hands); a few light spots to the outer edge, and browning to the prelims; a very good copy, in the genuinely rare dust jacket which is spotted, browned and dirtied, with a couple of small ink stains; darkened along te spine with chips and some portions of loss to head; still very good, and seldom found at all.
First edition of the trilogy together~b~, and first with Neild's charming wood engravings. The first edition had appeared in three volume separately as Lark Rise in 1939, Over to Candleford in 1941 and Candleford Green in 1943.
Lark Rise to Candleford is a trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels set in the countryside of north-east Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, England, at the end of the 19th century. A BBC adaptation of the novels starring Julia Sawalha, Brendan Coyle and Dawn French, ran on BBC One from 13 January 2008 to 13 February 2011.
First issues of this edition are genuinely rare in their first issue form, with no recorded copies at auction in the last 30 years in both original binding and dust jacket.

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