The B.B.C. Year-Book 1931
The British Broadcasting Corporation, 1st edition (1931)
The fourth year of the BBC yearbook, the 1928 and 1929 volumes having been published under the title ‘B.B.C. Handbook’. A review of the aims, workings and achievements of the BBC. Many of the dustwrappers, especially the 1920s/30s featuring striking art from leading artists and illustrators.
This 1931 yearbook with dustwrapper by Dora M. Batty (c1900-66), who from 1921-38 produced many posters for London Transport.
Hardback in dustwrapper. 464pp including b/w illustrations and adverts. 7.5 x 5 inches approx. (188mm x 125mm).
Dustwrapper dusty and somewhat grubby to rear panel; wear to folds and extremities with some loss to spine ends and corner tips; edge tears and creasing; some foxing, mainly visible to reverse side. Cloth covers a touch dusty but generally clean and bright; offsetting and foxed to endpapers; occasional foxing throughout but generally clean; page-block bumped to lower corner, spotting and dusty to edges.
Overall, remaining a reasonably nice copy in dustwrapper – usually found with a tatty dustwrapper, this copy in better than average condition.
ref. By Underground to Kew – London Transport Posters 1908 to the Present by Jonathan Riddell and William T. Stearn (Studio Vista, 1994)