1946-47 British Ports and Harbours; The Port of London
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Colour Plates, Early Edition, First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, With Dustwrapper
From the 'Britain in Pictures: The British People in Pictures' series, illustrative of the social history of Great Britain. First launched by Collins in 1941, with most of Europe occupied by Germany and Britain was facing the same threat, to boost morale and celebrate the British way of life. The series was an extreme success, and it continued to be published until 1949.
General editorship of W. J. Turner.
Relevant contributors included George Orwell, Cecil Beaton, Francis Maynell, John Betjeman, Graham Greene, Edith Sitwell, Vita Sackville-West, and many others.
'British Ports and Harbours' by Leo Walmsley, with eight plates in colour and twenty-three illustrations in black and white. Collated, complete. Enclosed in the unclipped dust wrapper. The second impression.
'The Port of London' by John Herbert, with eight plates in colour and nineteen illustrations in black and white. Collated, complete. The first edition, first impression.
In the original publisher's paper covered boards. Externally generally sound with minor shelf wear, lightly rubbed to boards and extremities of spine and boards. Dust wrapper unclipped with minor shelf wear only, lightly chipped to head and tail of spine and extremities. Previous ownership inscription to front free endpaper 'British Ports and Harbours' dated 1980. Internally, firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean.
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