London: Faber and Faber, 1939. 8vo. First edition, second issue. Original off white cloth, overprinted in blue on the spine, with ring binding inside. Two page colour map of the county and numerous black and white photographs throughout. Advertisement for Shell on the Road at the rear by Edward Bawden. Covers rather foxed. Edges a bit foxed. The title page has been perforated at the bottom to read, 'Complimentary Copy Not For Sale'. Unclipped d/w has a few tape repairs, is worn and creased, especially to the back panel, with small loss to the spine ends and corner tips and some light foxing. Very good in good + dust-wrapper. Item #4893
This volume uses the same endpapers as Robert Byron's Shell Guide to Wiltshire. Like Byron, Hobhouse lost his life in the war. The entry in the Gazetteer for Matlock on page 59 is pasted over with replacement text as usual. Vested interests had been upset by the author's description of the large number of posters on display in the town. 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.
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