BookLovers of Bath

Beautiful books… for beautiful people…

The Century Of The Common Peer - Lord Kinross

Putnam, 1954, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with spotting to the reverse. Pages lightly age-tanned with scattered spotting throughout.

From the cover: “Midway in this Century of the Common Peer, Britain’s leisured class is that of Common Man. His holidays are organised for him in Camps, modelled on the Public Schools for the hell of it and Hollywood for the fun of it. He sits in the House of Lords. He reads The Daily Mirror, with its exciting portrait-gallery of contemporary gods and goddesses. On all these and many other diversions of the day, our observant Peer turns a searching but benevolent eye.

Many Common Men (and Peers), despite the richness and variety of amusements offered them, continue all the same to search for less common pleasures. In Eric’s nice club, ladies and gentlemen relax without the embarrassment of clothes. Common Etonians and Harrovians assemble at a cricket-ground, for luncheon. On a mat, in Victoria, Londoners defend themselves with the ingenuity of Japanese, and round a festive board in Kensington, Americans get all Elizabethan. Into such byways Lord Kinross follows them and records their impressions, as well as his own.

In The Century of the Common Peer, Lord Kinross has compiled a wittily critical panorama of pleasures enjoyed in the Britain of today..”


Jacket designed by Peter Kneebone. Illustrated by Peter Kneebone. Size: 8" x 5". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 166 pages.
£7.50