Published in 1946, this book is lavishly illustrated with monochrome photographs and covers four areas of interest: Country Folk and Ways, Town and Village, The British Landscape and Rural Crafts and Occupations. The author was the editor of The Field from 1938-46, subsequently concentrating on writing and broadcasting, he was considered an expert in his field.
The book has no dust jacket and is bound in green cloth which, although a little faded and bumped on the edges and corners, remains in very good condition. The lettering on the spine is gilt, although a little faded. The text block is tight and all text is clear on clean pages.
Although the ffep has been removed there is a very interesting feature: on the title page there are several signatures from the cast of Blythe Spirit, Station Theatre, RAF Stn. Yates and a dedication - "To Fred With best wishes from The Company of Blithe Spirit". Tucked inside the book is a telegram, whose post mark refers to Yatesbury Camp, Colne, Wilts and is dated 1946. It states "All the best for a huge success tonight and every-night. Jim Kingston". (Or it could be Hingston).
An interesting item for social historians.