Supplied by MJ Books.
Presented in the form of County Gazetteers (250 Places in the Cornwall edition), the King's England series was heralded by the publisher's as 'A New Domesday Book of 10,000 Towns and Villages'�.
The seller likens them more to forerunners of Pevsner, whose own Buildings of England series they predate by only a couple of decades or so. And it is apposite to suggest that the Cornwall volumes of both series, Pevsner's and Mee's, would make ideal companions on anyone's bookshelf.
The dating of the King's England series is an important consideration in other respects. For the commentaries in them pre-date the second world war by just one or two years, and so provide an outline description of the buildings and streets in the cities and towns before the bombing devastation which was caused to them during that conflict.
Even later impressions of the books did not incorporate any observations on the changes to those places wrought by the destruction and by other wartime activities or by the post-war rebuilding programmes. In summary, an invaluable aid for anyone with interests in Cornwall.
By: Arthur Mee (Editor)
Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton. Publishing Date: 1960 (Eighth Impression) [First Published 1937]
Cover Type: Hardback, no dustjacket
Number Pages: 317 +. Book Dimensions (Approx): 14 x 20 cms
General Condition: Excellent. No blemishes on any pages. Nice tight copy. Pencilled inscription on inside (blank) front endpaper.