Kent - Richard ChurchRobert Hale, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper.
Reprint. [First: 1948 in the County Book Series] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “This book is unashamedly a song of praise for the unique part of England with which the author is closely connected. It does not stint some criticism, however, of the blemishes, or of the machinery of local government. It is indeed one man’s book; a richly personal account of an itinerary round about and through and through the rich county, whose history, topography, agriculture, archaeology; whose flowers, birds, gardens, secret dells and streams, intimate beauties of sound, sight, smell, the author here describes with affection.
He gives you a pageant of two thousand years ; and he gives you moments of insight and shared happiness. Here are both public and private treasures; of a community that has defied tyrants and stood at the front of England’s history; of individuals in village and town, some famous in the arts and statesmanship, some in their cottage gardens and kitchens living unto themselves.
And to all this he brings his own sensibility as poet and critic savouring, and interpreting what he sees and loves, through the medium of a prose enriched both by this devotion and the character of the county of Kent, its inspirer.”