Now Pray We For Our Country
1940, a scarce Eric Knight novel of a mining village in Yorkshire
First UK edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 19.5 × 13cm, 375pp. This copy has been stamped "Special Presentation Edition" to the copyright page, and two printed sheets from Book-Talk of Watford which are some biographical details of Eric Knight and a covering letter.
Eric Knight's third novel, but first to be set in Yorkshire. It concerns the Clough family of the imaginary mining village Apley Moorside, and their fate when the local pit is closed. "It is a hard-hitting book—the picture of an English village when its means of livelihood has been taken away is not pretty. But it is scrupulously fair and honest, and never without humour even in its grimmest parts. Knight's colliers and villagers are superb—drawn with a pen that is sharp but never failing in understanding and kindness."
The book itself is in good condition, with some tanning and spotting to the pages edges and a slight forward lean to the spine. The dustwrapper suffers loss to the edges, corners and spine ends, and is a bit faded to the spine but remains attractive. It is now within a protective sleeve.Sold