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Book Description
FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. 8vo, amply illustrated with b/w line drawings and plates, plus fold-out map. Navy cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Wear and splitting to spine ends, bumps to bottom corners, a little staining and scuffing to boards. Inscribed by Beresford in blue ink to ffep: “To the hospitable owners from/ the author 1954./ M W Beresford.” Foxing to front and rear, occasionally to margins, else, clean and tidy. A robust first edition of Beresford’s important work, unusual inscribed by the author.
Dealer Notes
Maurice Warwick Beresford, MA, FBA (1920–2005) was an English economic historian and medieval archaeologist, who spent his academic career at the University of Leeds, and held a Chair from 1959-85. Whilst mapping medieval fields in Leicestershire, Beresford had identified an area of mounds and hollows as marking the site of the medieval village of Bittesby. This led to the discovery of 100 deserted villages in Warwickshire, before Beresford broadened his focus to the rest of the country, research which culminated in the publication of his The Lost Villages of England in 1954. Here, Beresford argued that in the late C15th and early C16th there had been a phase of deliberate depopulation by profit-focused landlords to create enclosed sheep pastures (ODNB). With Lost Villages, Beresford “had set in motion a field of inquiry that has transformed our views of the medieval countryside” (Dyer, 2005). Beresford’s work was an important impetus for the development of medieval archaeology in Britain and Europe, as well as inspiring the new discipline of landscape history.
From the library of Walter and Doreen Newlyn, who are likely Beresford’s “hospitable owners”. The British economist and educator, Walter Newlyn (1915-2002), was known for his work on monetary theory and with African nations. From 1967 (until his retirement in 1978) he was Professor of Developmental Economics at the University of Leeds and in 1964 founded its African Studies Unit, now LUCAS. Both Doreen and Walter were passionate about theatre; in the late 1950s they set up the Uganda Pilgrim Players, the country’s first multi-racial theatre group. Back in the UK, Doreen was key to the foundation of the West Yorkshire (now Leeds) Playhouse in 1968.
Author BERESFORD, Maurice
Date 1954
Publisher London: Lutterworth Press
Condition Very good

Price: £50.00

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