Random Reflections of a West Country Master Craftsman - Cyril H. G. BeazerBath: C. H. G. Beazer, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Boards damp marked at the top edge. Text complete, clean and tight.
Jacket illustration: The author working on the renovation of Nelson Place West, Bath, with Norfolk Crescent in the background. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings ; Signed by the author, without dedication, on the half-title page — without provenance.
From the cover: “Random Reflections is the story of a truly remarkable and many-sided man. Born of parents of modest means into a large family, he tells of his early years in the South-Gloucestershire village of Marshfield.
Here he began a life-long study of the stone-mason’s craft that was to raise him — as apprentice, journeyman and master — from penniless country lad to successful head of a large construction group.
Stricken by polio as a comparatively young man, his dogged determination to succeed excites the reader’s admiration. Love of craftsmanship has been the major factor in the author’s life, and in this book the technicalities of his craft are described in fascinating detail. His boundless energy found additional satisfaction in self-taught apiculture, in the creation of his gardens, and in his love of rugby football. Yet running through Cyril Beazer’s story a shrewd political and economic philosophy highlights the robust independence of this West Country Master Craftsman. A valuable addition to the social history of our time.”