Portrait Of The Cotswolds - Edith BrillLondon: Robert Hale, 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Slightly ruffled edges of the dust wrapper, laminate lifting very slightly near spine, with a closed triangular tear at the head of the lower panel. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: with black and white photographs. From the cover: “A portrait of a region, like a portrait of a person, depends on the bony structure beneath the surface. The oolitic limestone of the Cotswolds is responsible not only for the smooth flowing undulations of the hills but for the special quality of its architecture, providing the material above ground and below it, worked and unworked, which gives the region its unique distinction. In this book the writer illustrates how human activities through the ages have produced the Cotswolds we see today. The medieval wool-men whose wealth came from sheep bred on the wolds enriched the little towns with churches such as Northleach, Fairford and Chipping Campden; the sixteenth and seventeenth-century stone masons evolved a local style of domestic building whose architectural grace still makes almost every Cotswold village a delight to the eye; the wealthy clothiers of the eighteenth-century left behind mills and many a fine Renaissance house. Though the region declined with the loss of the clothing trade to the North of England it escaped the sprawl and litter of the Industrial Revolution. It waited quiescent, to be discovered by William Morris and others seeking an unspoilt England. The first half of the twentieth-century saw the Cotswolds becoming widely known as artists, craftsmen and writers began to recognize its great natural and architectural beauty. The motor car made it easily accessible, and now it has become one of Britain’s important tourist centres. But it still retains the individuality impressed upon it through the ages by the nature of its stone and the character of its inhabitants.”