Shell Guide to Wiltshire. A Series of Views, of Castles, Seats of the Nobility, Mines, Picturesque Scenery, Towns, Public Buildings, Churches, Antiquities, &c.
8vo. First edition thus. Originally issued in limp covers by The Architectural Press in 1935. Original ring binding in cloth boards. Illustrated throughout in black and white and sepia tint with a double page colour map of the county. Advertisement for Shell on the Road at rear by Edward Bawden. Boards very slightly warped and foxed. Head of spine pushed. Near fine.
The missing d/w featured a collage of photographs, old and new, of Wiltshire by Lord Berners. The Gazetteer was largely compiled by Edith Olivier. “Swindon, a place whose existence is regretted by those who seek the beautiful without reference to human development. This sentiment may be shared by the tourist. To the resident it is unacceptable. We cannot live only in the past, and Wiltshire, as this book will show, is not such an Austria among counties as most people think.”
Author Byron, Robert (ed.)
Publisher London, Faber and Faber