Portrait of Argyll and the Southern Hebrides by James Graham-Campbell hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Robert Hale, 1978, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;
From the cover: No part of Britain offers a wider variety of scenery than Argyll, and none is more beautiful. A hundred miles from north to south, and the same from its easternmost point to the western tip of Tiree, it is the second largest county in Scotland; its coastline measures over 1,000 miles, sometimes sheer and craggy as in parts of Kintyre, Mull and Ardnamurchan, sometimes low and sandy as on lona, the most famous of its thirty inhabited islands. Everywhere there is water and the ever-changing light that water brings. Loch Fyne is the longest sea loch in Scotland, and Loch Awe shares with Loch Ness the claim to be the longest inland loch; but it is the number and again the variety of little lochs that call for a lifetime of exploring.
If Argyll is a region of infinite gradations of light and colour, it is also memorable for the shape of its hills. They may lack some of the jagged fierceness of the Cuillins but again and again one is comforted with a skyline that is just as satisfying, enhanced by a gem-like foreground.
In these waters, and on these hills, the opportunities for the yachtsman, the fisherman, the climber, the walker, the lover of nature in all its forms, arc unrivalled. If there are no great cathedrals and no classical architecture to rival Edinburgh or Hopetoun House, there are countless castles, some still inhabited; and for exquisite workmanship, on a small scale, the carved crosses of lona and Kildalton are unique. The least prehistorically minded cannot but be moved by Dunadd, while for those who are interested there is a richness of antiquities within a five-mile radius of Kilmartin. In gardens, such as Cranae, Gigha, Colonsay, Benmore and Ardanaiseig, rhododendrons and azaleas are brought to their best by the mildness of the climate. Nor is Argyll less rich in legend and in history: Columba, the Lords of the Isles, Montrose and Colkitto and the men of Atholl, Dunavcrty and Glencoe and the Appin murder. This book not only places the old familiar stories, and others less familiar, in their geographical setting, but uses contemporary letters to describe what life was like for ordinary people in the less well known but formative eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Top edge of the boards damp-stained with offset to the reverse of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
191 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5½”.
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