The Mendips - A. W. Coysh, E. J. Mason & V. WaiteLondon: Robert Hale, 1956, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine and a touch edgeworn with the price clipped. Previous owners' name and date to the first blank foot. The contents complete, clean and tight otherwise.
2nd edition, 1st printing, first published 1954. Includes: Panoramas; Black & white photographs; Maps; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “Mendip — or the Mendips as these hills are commonly called — straddles Somerset from the Wiltshire border to the Bristol Channel. This whaleback of limestone is one of the most fascinating uplands in England with its early trackways, its ancient barrows and lead workings, its magnificent cliffs and caves, its stately church towers, and its picturesque villages with roots in a far-distant past.
In addition to a full account of the familiar features of Mendip — Wells Cathedral, the Witch of Wookey, the Rock of Ages, Cheddar Gorge and cheese and strawberries — the reader will also find in this book a fascinating description of the old Forest of Mendip, the gruffy ground, and the intricate underground cave systems, together with an up-to-date account of present-day life.
The authors of this book have known the Mendips intimately for many years. A. W. Coysh, a Somerset man, wandered over the hills as a boy, later studied the strata of the cliffs, mines and quarries as a geologist, and has walked over many of its farms and smallholdings to see how people work and live. E. J. Mason is an archaeologist. For twenty years he has spent every moment of his spare time exploring cave and barrow. As a cave-diver at Wookey Hole he has broken new ground in research technique. Vincent Waite, well known in the West of England for his broadcasts on West Country history and traditions, deals with the architectural features and the historical associations of the hills.
In this book, illustrated with carefully chosen photographs, the three writers have pooled their knowledge and experience to give the reader an account of the Mendips which is at once comprehensive and readable — a book which is likely to be the standard authority on this interesting district of England for many years to come.”