A Golden Dolly: The Art, Mystery and History of Corn Dollies.
London: John Baker, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. "Corn dollies were made at harvest time from the last sheaf of corn cut. The Corn Spirit was supposed to live or be reborn in the plaited straw ornament or corn doll and was kept until the following spring to ensure a good harvest. The corn dolly often had a place of honour at the harvest banquet table." ..When harvesting, farmers will often leave the last stand of corn as it contains the spirit of the crop. In some parts of the country this will be cut by ritually throwing sickles. The corn would then be used to decorate the farmhouse for 'Harvest Home', and be made into a corn dolly to protect the home and guarantee the crops for the next season. (information provided by Gillian Nott, Historian and Archivist, Guild of Straw Craftsmen). Very Good in Very Good (Price-Clipped) DJ. Tight, bright, and unmarred. Soiled and well-worn dustjacket, else clean and unmarked. Tall 8vo in gold cloth, 143pp+illus. Signed by author and illustrator front free paper. Item #11334