Bound in original maroon cloth, gilt, in dust wrapper, which has a few chips at head and tail of spine and a little foxing on the rear, which contains publisher's advertisements. Edges foxed, but otherwise a very good copy.
Macgibbon and Kee.,
A memoir of esmond romilly and jasper ridley in the thirties.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5.5 x 8 inches. 189 pp.
Illustrated by 4 pages of black and white plates.
Philip Toynbee (1916-81) was a novelist, Communist intellectual and correspondent for The Observer. His father was the historian, Arnold Toynbee, and his daughter, Polly, is the Guardian columnist. This book is a memoir of two of his friends who fell in the Second World War: Jasper Ridley (1913-43) and Esmond Romilly (1918-41), a socialist, who had run away from public school and served in the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. While flying with the Royal Canadian Air Force, his bomber failed to return from a mission in 1941.
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