Edinburgh: Southside, 1974. First Edition. Hardcover octavo (20.8 x 13xm), pp. 160; coral cloth covered boards with lettering in gilt on the spine; white pictorial dust wrapper with lettering in black, blue and green on the spine and covers; inscribed by the author.
Head and tail of spine gently pushed, head a touch dust toned, a little cocked and abraded at the tail; corners have a hint of rounding to the edges but are mostly sharp and square; top edge of boards and text block are dust toned, 10mm of nibbling on the top edge of the rear board, 5mm of nibbling on the top edge of the text block, both towards the spine; edges of text block are lightly foxed; dust wrapper has caused very light toning to endpapers; pages are otherwise clean and bright throughout; dust wrapper is unclipped, a 5 x 25mm horizontal chip without loss to the head of the spine, shallow (1mm) chips to the tail of the spine and corners, 5 x 15mm horizontal chip without loss half way along the back cover; spine is a little toned; covers are gently scuffed and marked, a prominent 4 x 50mm horizontal scuff mark at the bottom edge of the rear cover near the spine, half a cup mark and small green highlighter marks halfway down the back cover; lettering and photograph are bright. Item #1015
Evelyn Cowan (1921-1998) was a Scottish author who grew up in a Jewish immigrant community in Glasgow. One of eleven children, her father died shortly after her birth; this memoir focusses on her childhood and particularly the role that her mother played in it.