London: Faber and Faber, 1937. 8vo. First edition, second state. First issued by B. T. Batsford at 2/6d in 1937 in card covers. This is the same text apart from the title page, which shows the change of publisher, and the jacket gives the price as 3/6d and lists 15 Shell Guides including Shropshire which was published in 1951. Ring binding in cloth boards. Two coloured maps and numerous black and white illustrations throughout. Light foxing to leading and top edges, affecting the margins but not the text or illustrations, throughout. D/w has some dust-soiling, light foxing, wear to top edge, creasing to front panel and turn-in, and a small chip at the head of the spine. Near fine in very good dust-wrapper. Item #3928
When Faber and Faber took over publication of the Shell Guides in 1939, they rebound the originals with hardcovers glued over the ring bindings and duplicated the card covers on the new dust-wrapper. This copy would indicate that the war's upheaval had slowed sales and that rebound copies of the first edition were still being issued as late as 1951. 'Rayner's Hampshire is unique amongst the early guides being better written and more modern than any of the others'. (David Heathcote, A Shell Eye on England (2011)).
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