thirteen guide books that comprise this series provide both
a tangible reminder of the Festival of Britain and a celebration
of its ethos.
Festival shows how the British people, with their energy and
natural resources, contribute to civilisation. So the guide
books as well celebrate a European country alert, ready for
the future". - Geoffrey Grigson.
distinctive format, choice of authors and illustrators, quality
of production and selling price, are all reminiscent of the
King Penguin and Britain in Pictures series.
everyone has ten shillings or fifteen shillings to spend on
a fat topographical volume. Here are 94 pages of lively matter
including upwards of 50 illustrations for a very reasonable
price". - Dustwrapper blurb.
Geoffrey Grigson was both general editor and author of two
of the titles. Among the illustrators who provided the colour
frontis pieces where Barbara Jones, Kenneth Rowentree and
guides follow the same format; a written portrait by the credited
author, a gazetteer (mostly by H. G. Stokes) and motorist
tour maps drawn by K.C. Jordan. (The maps rather remind one
of Ogilby's 1675 road atlas.)
published the series for the Festival of Britain Office, in
two separate issues. Numbers 1-10 in March 1951 and 11-13
in August of the same year. These later volumes are generally
held to be most difficult to find, with 13 being the scarcest.
They are all increasingly difficult to find in clean dustwrappers.
1 West Country by Geoffrey Grigson.
2 Wessex by Geoffrey Grigson.
3 Home Counties by R. S. R. Fitter.
4 East Anglia by R. H. Mottram.
5 Chilterns to Black Country by W. G. Hoskins.
6 South Wales and the Marches by W. J. Gruffydd.
7 North Wales and the Marches by W. J. Gruffydd.
8 East Midlands and the Peak by W. G. Hoskins.
9 Lancashire and Yorkshire by Leo Walmsley.
10 The Lakes and Tyneside by Sid Chaplin.
11 The Lowlands of Scotland by John R Allan.
12 The Highlands and Islands of Scotland by A. Dunnett.
13 Northern Ireland by E. Estyn Evans.
contains 94 pages profusely illustrated in black- and-white
and colour. Published price was three shillings and six pence.
A complete set of thirteen volumes.
Apart from the occasional blemish and a little very light
foxing, mostly to the inner edges of the dustwrappers
and the closed page edges, a near fine set in similar dustwrappers.
£125.00 including postage
and packing. Book Ref # 25290808.
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