London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1929. First U.K. Edition. First Impression. Octavo (22.5cm); dark blue cloth covered boards titled in gilt on the spine; dustjacket; 640pp. Faint finger soil to the boards; spine ends and corners are gently pushed; mild soil to lower corner of the textblock; Very Good+. The dustjacket is toned, mostly at the spine and flaps; two scuff marks to the spine; nicks and short tears to the extremities; tape repair to verso; Very Good.
Fourth novel by the author and inspiration for several stage, film and radio adaptations. The novel is written in picaresque style, and opens with the middle aged, discontented Jess Oakroyd in the fictional Yorkshire town of Bruddersford. He opts to leave his family and seek adventure [on the road] by joining a failing concert troupe. "It is impossible to follow their very varied adventures without a steadily growing enthusiasm. Every member of the little company, almost everyone they meet on the road is thrillingly aliveThey have their failures and successes, they have their private romances. There is an immense panorama to be unfolded." (from the dustjacket).