Fothergill, John: An Innkeeper's Diary.

Fothergill, John - An Innkeeper's Diary. Folio Society, 2000, 2nd impression.

John Fothergill was the original gentleman-hotelier, whose inn, 'The Spreadeagle' in Oxfordshire, drew an eclectic 1920s crowd - from George bernard Sahw to H. G. Wells, Rebecca West to Eric Gill. Whether accosting casual users of his lavatories or worrying about adulterous couples, Fothergill was a larger-than-life character, who could veer from sparkling banter to outrageious snobbery in a single breath. Not a day passed without incident, and he recorded them all in a diary full of high jinks, low humour and acerbic wit. (Folio Society).

10" x 5½", 298pp, quarter dark-green buckram, cream paper sides printed in dark-green with a repeat pattern, cream blocked title-panel revealing the title, hardback. Index of People. Illustrated with monochrome drawings within the text by Peter Bailey.

Probably unread; fine; complete with fine slip-case.


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