This is the first full-scale account of Neath and District since Phillips's massive work of the 1920s. Written to mark the administrative merger of the Town and the District in April 1974, it takes the form of a symposium by 16 writers working as a team, dealing with such varied topics as geology, archaeology, history of Neath Abbey and of the major local industries, communication, education, natural history, and famous names associated with the area.
Elis Jenkins could have spent his life in the Sudan, as he was offered a post as District Officer there as a young man. Instead, he devoted himself to life in South Wales, becoming President of the Royal Institution of South Wales and of Neath Antiquarian Society, and writing definitively and beautifully on Swansea porcelain, Dillwyn's Etruscan Ware, and other local topics.
Our copy of the book is in very good condition, protected by an unclipped dust jacket which is also in excellent condition with only minimal wear to the edges but somewhat sunned around the spine. The book itself is handsomely bound in green cloth with a red & gilt medallion on the front cover, and gilt titles etc in a red panel on the spine. There are almost no signs of use or wear externally. Inside, the binding is firm, and all pages clean and bright. Endpapers are illustrated with local features of the area as a coloured sketch map. There is no foxing. A few pages have been dog-eared (see photo). The editor's signature is on the title page. To anyone wishing to learn about the Neath area, this would be a must.