Where it all began
On October 15, an original copy of the first edition of COUNTRY LIFE will be auctioned at Cheffins in Sutton, Cambridgeshire. The issue (left), dated January 8, 1897, is adorned with cover advertisements for Hedges and Butler, Cadbury’s, Swaine & Adeney’s ‘New Raw Hide Riding Whip’, Osmond Cycles, ‘Old Grans Special Toddy: the cream of Highland whiskies’ (at the bargain price of 48s per dozen) and the Grand Hotel London. It features the Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire as the magazine’s first Frontispiece and incorporates Racing Illustrated.
COUNTRY LIFE celebrates its 120th anniversary next year, so this is as good a time as any to own this collector’s item, which we promise will make for fascinating reading. Visit www.cheffins.co.uk or telephone 01353 777767 for further information.