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Norwich Through the Ages - James Wentworth Day

East Anglian Magazine, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper is a little rubbed and faded otherwise a very well presented copy.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “NORWICH has long deserved a history for the general reader, a book which covers the broad sweep of the city’s past without digressing into irrelevant detail. To fill this gap, James Went worth Day’s 34th book offers an evocative tribute to the city he so evidently loves and understands. The book sets out to explore the character and quality of the city and its inhabitants, and highlights aspects not well covered in recent portraits, particularly in the chapters on the Dukes of Norfolk, the pub scenes, Norwich industry and the family associations of some Norwich buildings. The author’s friendship with Sir Alfred Munnings makes vivid reading. (‘Do you wonder that on one occasion he was suspended from membership of the Athenaeum for six months? That was for tickling a pretty waitress under the chin and saying, “you’re a damned good paintable gal!”.’) Throughout the book he expresses his views with a provoking verve and panache; but even those readers not prepared to accept his verdict on such places as the City Hall — ‘the proportions of a brick and the complexion of brown Windsor soup’ — will find him thought-provoking too. Over 40 illustrations, including rare and hitherto unpublished prints from the Colman and Rye Libraries, point the text and offer an unusual insight into the past of a fine city.”

Size: 8½" x 6". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 132 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.