Old English Household Life: Some Account of Cottage Objects and Country Folk - Gertrude JekyllLondon & Sydney: B. T. Batsford, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “First published half a century ago, Gertrude Jekyll’s Old English Household Life makes use of the same kind of observations and photographs included in her book, Old West Surrey. But although this book too is largely based upon personal observation it also includes material representative of an area much wider than that with which the author was intimately associated.
The subjects the book deals with are those basic ones round which the life of country people was centred for generations: the interiors of the cottages; fireside and candlelight; household goods and possessions; the people themselves, their occupations and customs. The value of the book lies in its painstakingly accurate account of what Miss Jekyll had herself seen, and of what she had been told over a long period by the country people to whom she talked.
The book is equally valuable on account of its pictures. Gertrude Jekyll’s own photographs and the reproductions from the work of older recorders such as J. B. Pyne are important historically, just as they will be useful to the collector of the bygones which they so often portray. Important as the book is, however, it is also delightful both for itself and as a manifestation of one of the truly great Englishwomen of the last hundred years.”
Size: 9¼" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VI] 218 pages.