Newton Abbot & London: David & Charles, 1989, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Colour photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Title page vignette;
From the cover: The canals we travel for pleasure were actually built for work and industry in The Great Days of the Canals the author takes you on a nostalgic journey through the past and present and reveals of the future of Britains canals.
Canal building, with special sections deal-ing with architecture and engineering, the steady development of trade, waterways craft and the early days of pleasure boating and many other topics of interest are enthusiastically and lovingly portrayed by an author who has been researching and writing about canals for over twenty years.
A good deal of emphasis is placed on people, starting with the engineers and navvies, then leading on to the boat people and including the pleasure boaters and the new generation of restorers. Much of the material has never appeared in print before and includes taped interviews with boating families.
The Great Days of the Canals, fully illustrated using historical material and a number of photographs specially taken for this book, is a book to dip into or read from cover to cover. And it will be enjoyed for many years by all those who have an interest, however fleeting, in Britains unique inland waterways.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Index. Bibliography. 11¼” x 8¼”.