London: Labour Publishing Co., [ 1926]. Printed wrappers, sewn. Faint tan offsetting from wrappers to facing leaves, as often, otherwise a fine copy. Item #WRCLIT64083
First edition of the author's first formally published book, published in the "Plays for the People Series." Signed by Bates on the title page. In THE VANISHED WORLD (London, 1969, p. 188) Bates recalled: "I was now twenty. As 1925 came to an end I was still unemployed, still on the dole. I had written not only novels, short stories and poems but also plays, mostly one-act plays, into one of which, The Last Bread, I had caustically poured some of my bitterness about the post- war twenties . . . ." Bates also recorded (in THE BLOSSOMING WORLD, 1971, p. 24]) that this "angry-young-man broadside," had been sent to the Labour Publishing Company, run by E.N. and Monica Ewer, and had been accepted, "though without advance, and was presently to be published at one shilling, thus becoming my first published book, preceding The Two Sisters by a month or two." EADS A2.