Woodforde, James. (Selected by David Hughes, Engravings by Ian Stephens.)
Title THE DIARY OF A COUNTRY PARSON.
Publisher Folio Society, London, 1992, 1st. edition.
Seller ID 25212
445 pp, 8vo (8" H), hardcover in light grey slipcase. Bound in quarter dark blue buckram, maroon title labels with gilt lettering, Ann Muir marbled paper boards; dark red endpapers. 24 b&w wood-engravings by Ian Stephens printed in the text, inclu ding the frontis., plus six tail-pieces used multiple times. The Reverend James Woodforde began his diary simply to keep a record of expenses, but, "Luckily at an early point he decided to expand the text beyond mere expenditure to cover his do i n g s , his regrets, his feelings both waspish and fond about the people he encountered, the social events that opened up in him a vein of generous pleasure or fury, the almost daily card games he lost or won, his casual preaching and praying amid n on e to o large a congregation at his lonely church, his dark fancies at night, the illnesses with scant hope of cure in ice-cold rooms, the hunts and the shoots and the fishing, the tangles with servants, and the irritations with such close rela tiv es as hi s niece Nancy who kept him company and his nephew Bill who had his eye on the maids..." A wonderful insight into eighteenth-century daily life in a handsome volume. Slipcase has a few tiny and small light soiling marks - mainly on on e si de pan el. Fine/Very Good