The Hollow on the Hill: The Search for a Personal Philosophy (with Photographs by James Ravilious)
black end-papers; b/w. frontis. photo. of the author & further photo's. by James Ravilious who studied Fine Art at St. Martin's School of Art; In this sequel to his earlier autobiographical books Christopher Milne describes his perception of the natural and the spiritual worlds and how this has evolved as a result of the changing course of his life. Starting from the present - his sloping garden in a South Devon hamlet and his response to the surrounding countryside, Christopher Milne reviews the evolution of his own response to life's pressures and joys, and the effect of other men's ideas. His boyhood at a Christian public school was in many ways a conventional and sheltered one. Studying mathematics at Cambridge, then confronting the dangers and horrors of war in the Middle East and Italy, and later making his own way in the post-war world offered new challenges to the assumptions he had grown up with and caused him to seek a wider philosophy of life. Above all, it is a response to the beauty of places and natural objects and a sense of fellowship, not just with members of one class, or creed, or nation, or even of one species, that causes him to look forward to a faith which will embrace all life on this planet. 'I look to the day when Man's advance over the surface of the globe, building new colonies for himself, grabbing more food for himself, slaughtering, poisoning, defiling ... is first halted and then put into reverse ... when fish come again to our rivers and the desert blooms because all men worship the new vision of God .. .'
First Edition; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Gilt titles spine; Dust Jacket price-clipped; illustrated by b/w. photo's.
Author Milne, Christopher
Binding Hardcover Black Cloth
Publisher Methuen; London
Condition Near Fine in Near Fine Dustjacket