A nice copy of this 'popular edition' (1939) of Halliwell Sutcliffe's paen to the geography, history and folk-tales of the Yorkshire Dales, originally published in 1929. Colour Frontispiece and seventy-four fine in-text b/w sketches by A. Reginald Smith. Publisher Frederick Warne, printed in Great Britain. Light tan (mustard) cloth on board with red cover and spine lettering, 19 x 13.5 cm, 238 pages including Index, no dustjacket.
In twenty-two chapters with titles such as "A Land of Sheer Delight", "Memories" and "Elves, Stray Hauntings and Village Schools", subtitles "Gabriel's hounds", "Churn-Milk Peg", "The Besom-Maker", "Strike, Daykin, the Devil's in the Hemp" etc.
On Skipton: "Eager dawn lies over Skipton Town as we turn at last to take the Barden Road. We encounter no traffic of modern flesh-and-blood; but presently we overtake the living pageantry that not long ago swept through Skipton's spacious street. [...]"
Covers and spine good with only slight edge and corner wear, hinges and endpapers sound with no splits, internals clean and unmarked (ink gift inscriptions inside and opposite front cover).