1904 full vellum edition, with 25 illustrations by C E Brock
First edition thus, full vellum with intricate gilt design to spine and upper board. Top edge gilt, outer and lower edge untrimmed. 20 × 12.5cm, xv + 309pp, illustrated with 25 colour plates and drawings (frontis, title page and 23 within the text).
Our Village is a collection of about 100 literary sketches of rural life written by Mary Russell Mitford (1787–1855), and originally published during the 1820s and 1830s. The series first appeared in The Lady's Magazine. The vivid series was based upon life in Three Mile Cross, a hamlet in the parish of Shinfield (south-east of Reading in Berkshire), where she lived.
An attractive copy but with some wear. The vellum has a 2.5cm scar to the upper board (just north of the title) and is a little rubbed to the edges. The front hinge is starting and the pastedowns are browned. Page 17/108 has a professionally repaired tear which runs a little over the text but remains complete and perfectly readable. The inner binding is secure and all plates are present.
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