[A. & C. BLACK SHILLING SERIES] VARLEY, Rev. Telford (author) Wilfrid BALL (illustrator)
Hampshire. London, Adam and Charles Black, 1909.
Large 8vo. Publisher's pale mint green cloth prettily patterned and panelled in Art Nouveau style in grey, black, paler green and gilt to spine and upper board, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; pp. [iv], v-xi + 316 (including index) + [iv] publisher's adverts; with a total of 75 fine coloured plates protected by captioned guards and a folding map of the county, printed in sepia, tipped in to rear; a fine and exceptional copy, both externally and internally, with only the smallest touch of rubbing to upper board, internally clean throughout with some speckling to edges of book block, and the handsome, and early, engraved bookplate of S.T. Bashford to front pastedown endpaper.
First edition. "A. & C. Black's Twenty Shilling series of colour plate books, published from 1901 onwards, brought the world into the home at a time when travel, especially overseas, was much more difficult than it is today. For the first time books containing large numbers of colour plates - up to 100 per volume - were made avaialble to the public at an affordable price" (Inman).