The Age of Illusion: England in the Twenties and Thirties 1919-1940 (Ronald Blythe)

The Age of Illusion: England in the Twenties and Thirties 1919-1940 (Ronald Blythe) lands on the shelves of my shop.

London: Hamish Hamilton, 1963, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: In this brilliant reconstruction of life in England between the wars, Mr. Blythe highlights a number of key episodes and personalities which typify the flavour of those two extraordinary decades. He begins with the burial in Westminster Abbey of the Unknown Soldier. This was nearly two years after the last shot had been fired in battle and the near-delirium of 1919 a boom year though few British families were out of mourning was giving way to uneasy realization that the world was still not a place fit for heroes to live in.

The period …

Good+ in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper which is a little edgeworn. Previous owners’ name to the first blank. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

Quarter-bound Blue on Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 293 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8½” x 5¾”.

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