Companion Into Dorset by Gardiner Kempe

Published by Methuen & Co., 1947, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.

Condition: Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss at the head of the spine and the lower panel, tears at the corners. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Tanning to the blanks.

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4th edition. [First Edition: 1939] Illustrated with black and white photographs. Maps to the endpapers. From the cover: To-day in rural Dorset, the past still looks through the present scene. These pages carry the reader into the vanished forest-glades of Gillingham and Blackmore, and by Purbeck quarries of Cathedral marble. Brookside villages, all Tarrants or Winterbournes, welcome him ; and those Dorset folk Barnes sang about and Hardy immortalised. Remote among the downs he finds old homes of the Binghams, the Trenchards, or Mohuns of Fleet. From Racedown Dorothy Wordsworth points him to Lewesdon and Pilsdon Pen. Across the Reddlemans Heath is Lawrence of Arabias quiet grave. Under wild cliffs tales of piracy and shipwreck are told. Mrs. Gardiners attractive book shows us a Dorset that we cannot find in guide books and opens up all that lies beneath the beauty which the casual traveller can see as he passes through.

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