Dorset. Shell Guide.

Dorset. Shell Guide.
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Compiled and written by Paul Nash. General Editor: John Betjeman.

Arhcitectural Press. London. [1936]. First edition. Paperback; spiral-bound wrappers, with a photographic image by Nash to covers and endpapers. 48 pages. 2 colour maps, many b&w photographs and illustrations, including 1 photograph by John Piper and 12 by Paul Nash, and 4 reproductions of watercolours by Nash. English. 230 x 185mm. 0.25kg. . Very good; light shelf wear to wrappers, slight edge wear, no tears; internally very fresh and generally an excellent copy of a fragile item.

A very well-preserved first edition copy of Dorset, written and illustrated by Paul Nash. Dorset was the first of the Shell guides to be compiled fully by an artist. Nash took the commission very seriously, moving to a house in Swanage for a year in order to immerse himself fully in the county. His text is supported by his photos and watercolours of the Dorset countryside. The images reveal his interest in the surreal and the abstract formations to be found in nature. The Shell Guide series was published as guidebooks for the aspiring, car-driving metropolitan sightseer. The Dorset guide includes maps, chapters on geology, sport, flora and fauna, industries, Dorset language, food, and ferry time tables, and a poem by Thomas Hardy.

[Heathcote, David. A Shell Eye on England. P.41-6]