The Dream of Bath: A Graphic Portrait of Her Heritage and People by Diana Winsor

The Dream of Bath: A Graphic Portrait of Her Heritage and People by Diana Winsor lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Local History section.

Bath: Trade & Travel Publications Limited, 1988, Hardback in dust wrapper.

A Later Printing. Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs;

From the cover: Everybody knows Bath. Hot springs, and Georgian architecture, Bath Buns and Roman Baths. A Queen enchanted, the poet Swinburne called it: Englands Florence”.

But do we really know Bath? Why was this Italianate confection of honey-coloured stone first built here in a damp Somerset valley? Who were the men who built it, homesick for the comforts of Rome? And how strange that more than 1,500 years later, an obsessive young architect should recreate his own dream of Aquae Sulis here in what had become an undistinguished mediaeval town. Why Bath? Who were the people who lived and worked here and made it into one of the most beautiful cities of Europe? What of Bath today?

The answers are in this book, now an established favourite with Bathonians and visitors to the city. In words and sumptuous pictures, more than half in full colour, it tells the story of the city which for almost 2,000 years has occupied a unique place in the life of Britain. Since the people of the Celtic tribe of the Dobunni first called the hot springs the Waters of Sul, Bath has reflected the dreams, the hopes the human weakness and frivolity of contemporary society. In every age men and women have come here to find solace for something, whether boredom, gout, penury or spinsterhood; at Bath was the chance to sample a taste of Pompeii, to find a rich heiress or build a perfect Palladian crescent on a hill. And out of this disorderly mixture of human motives has emerged a city of unparalleled charm, appreciated today as perhaps never before.

The Dream of Bath is a fresh look at this city. It tells a story, which is not only the story of one small, unique English city, but sets it in the context of our history a classic addition to the literature of Bath.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges which is a little spotted on the verso. Text complete, clean and tight.

Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 96 pages. Bibliography. 12″ x 8½”.

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