William Heinemann Ltd. in association with Victor Gollancz Ltd.
Being a rambling but truthful account of what one man saw and heard and felt and thought during a journey through england during the autumn of the year 1933.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5.5 x 8 inches. viii + 422 pp. Bound in original navy cloth, in dust wrapper with advertisement on rear wrapper, lightly sunned spine and front wrapper and a few small chips at head and tail of spine. Edges foxed and some scattered foxing largely confined to preliminaries and margins; otherwise a very good copy. Armourial bookplate of Roberti Marchionis de Crewe. A famous account of a journey through England, in which the author examines social problems and advocates the need for a socialist remedy. It is said to have been an inspiration for George Orwell's Road to Wigan Pier. The coverage includes Southampton, Bristol and Swindon, Lincoln and Norfolk and the industrial Midlands and North. The first edition is also known with a pictorial dust wrapper. Copy owned by Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes Earl of Crewe, (1858-1945), British statesman. He succeeded (1885) his father as Baron Houghton and was created earl (1895) and later Marquess (1911) of Crewe. A Liberal, he held a succession of high offices, including those of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1892-95), Colonial Secretary (1908-10), and Secretary for India (1910-15). As Liberal leader in the House of Lords from 1908 he played an important role in securing passage of the Parliament Act of 1911, which deprived the Lords of its veto. He was later ambassador to France (1922-28).
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