Amaryllis at the Fair

Richard Jefferies' classic of rural life


Richard Jefferies


Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London, 1887
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Printing Details

First edition, hardback bound in the original decorative boards. 20.5 × 13.5cm, 260pp.

Amaryllis at the Fair portrays the highs and lows of everyday life on a small, debt-ridden family farm. At Coombe Oaks, Farmer Iden is out in all weathers, planting and sowing; his wife is in the dairy or staving off creditors; and their sensitive, artistic daughter, Amaryllis, is watching it all and praying for salvation. With a host of expertly-drawn minor characters, including miserly Grandfather Iden, loyal George the labourer and dissolute landowner's son Raleigh Pamment, Jefferies gives a rounded picture of a rural community—and in the noble Iden paints a fond portrait of his own farmer father.


A decent copy. The boards have light rubbing to the edges and bumping to the spine ends. The inner binding is sound though opening at p.80/81, slight wear to the hinges. The pages are clean with a little intermittent foxing and age-toning. Previous owner's neat gift inscription to half-title.



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