This much-loved work was first published by Longmans in September 1932.
Stella Gibbons' original choice of name for the Starkadder family home was Curse God Farm. However, according to her nephew and biographer Reggie Oliver she took up the suggestion of a friend, Elizabeth Coxhead, who knew of a real farm called Cold Comfort in Rogues Lane in the Leicestershire village of Stoke Golding, the Birthplace of the Tudor Dynasty. Presumably folk still visit the farm in order to witness something narsty in the various woodsheds.
ReproJacket #381-A-1, size 192.3x456mm.
Here we have the 2nd printing in October 1932. The other novels advertised on the back panel now each have a pair of review extracts rather than publisher's blurbs, and some of the front flap content has been slightly respaced.
ReproJacket #381-B-1, size 192.3x456mm.
By 1957 the front flap text includes a new line confirming the classic status of this title. The main image has been replaced by the cow's backside, perhaps because folk are no longer familiar with the hand-plough which was previously featured.
ReproJacket #181-1957-1, size 190.5x471mm.