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Rural Class Struggles in Ambridge

Sheepdip, Tintoretto. Borage, Fred

London. November Books. 1982
John's Lyle's copy of this work with an original hand-coloured frontispiece and accompanied by a letter from the publisher.

John Lyle's copy with signed dedication from John Cutler of November Books to Lyle ('Xmas '82 cheer / Cutler.' Also written to the same page (front wrapper verso) is Cutler's note ' ... - by the same author / coming shortly / 'how to spell'.'

The illustrations are by a certain 'Tintoretto Sheepdip' '& 3 helpful diagrams by the author,' printed in various colours on a range of paper stocks, with one fold-out page.

The letter, loose within, written on paper printed with address and an illustration in red, reads 'Dear J. L/ thanks for Breakwell / I enclose for your Xmas / reading pleasure our latest (& first proper) / book ([in red] You may remember Memoirs of an Amnesiac, a 'free gift' with one of our records) / It may be up your street even / If you want a quantity / = £3 (retail 4.50) / also there's a limited signed, special paper edition / but more expensive etc / your reactions & critics appreciated in any case / our next rpoblem is how to distribute it / / Fraternally / [in red] Chris Cutler.' (20.12.82).

This copy is, presumably, from the unlimited and unsigned edition, with an unknown limitation.
pp. 146. 8vo. (205 x 145 mm). Hand-coloured illustration of Sir Kenneth Clark titled 'Great Figures of Western Art' as frontispiece, further illustrations and diagrams printed throughout. Original publisher's illustrated glossy wrappers.

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