Somerset. C. H. B. Quennell, Peter.

Somerset. A Shell Guide.

London: Faber and Faber, [1939]. 8vo. First edition, second issue. First published by The Architectural Press in 1936. Original ring binding in cloth boards. Two coloured maps and numerous black and white photographs throughout. Advertisement for Shell on the Road at the rear by Edward Bawden. Ink presentation inscription, dated 1941, opposite the title page. Unclipped d/w (price 3s 6d) has a tape-repaired short closed tear at the top of the front turn-in and is a little rubbed especially at the head of the spine. Near fine in very good + dust-wrapper. Item #4881

Bath is given its own section by the father and son authors. Generally reckoned one of the weakest and dullest of the early Guides. When Faber and Faber took over publication in 1939, they reissued existing titles with a new title page to indicate the change of publisher and put the original limp-covered ring binding in practical stiff cloth boards. The dust-wrapper reproduces the original paper cover illustrations.

Price: £110.00

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