The Story of Bath by J. C. [John Courtenay] Trewin lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Staples Press, 1951, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;
From the cover: In his own graceful and inimitable fashion J. C. Trewin presents in these pages the record of a brilliant Bath Assembly. In his double role of dramatic critic and West Countryman he is well fitted to act as Master of Ceremonies and not a famous personage from Beau Nash to Samuel Pepys has neglected his invitation.
]That a talented, gay, wise and witty crowd it is that throngs to this Assembly! As though in torchlight procession it passes before us. We see Jane Austens bright eyes studying the company in the Pump Room, catch the affected, contagious laugh of Horace Walpole, hear the voice of Sarah Siddons as she brings forward her children, catch a glimpse of Ralph Alien as he walks with Pope or Gainsborough or Garrick, and hear the rattle of swords and the Abbey bells pealing for the visitors.
From the Aquae Sulis of the Romans to the modern city that is still Augustan the story of Bath is lit by gleams of poetry and of wit. It is the history of the Bath Swinburne invoked:
The lovely city whose grace no grief deflowers
Dawn and noon and sunset are one before thy face.
Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with loss at the spine ends and further short, untidy, tears elsewear. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Blue boards with White titling to the Spine. 96 pages. Index. 8¾” x 6¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Local History category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!