Fair condition for a book of this age. Strong front and back boards with slight wear and tear around the edges. Binding with some tear at the edges. See photographs. Some foxing across the inner pages. Slightly cracked spine.
Black and white diagrams and illustrations. An anfolding b/w map at the back endpaper.
According to Belloc, the 'Old Road' of Britain, from Canterbury to Winchester, had survived so long because of it's natural topographical linking of east to west, its chalky base, which had resisted all weather over time and due to the pilgrimage towards the site of the murder of Saint Thomas a' Becket.
It is these missing links that Belloc set out to trace, so this book primarily represents an archeological reclamation job. As Belloc states, 'it is the business of this book not to linger upon the pleasures of this journey, but to reconstitute an ancient thing', which he does convincingly, correcting the existing ordnance survey maps along the way.