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Friday’s Library Snapshot … and a tea pot or two!

September 6, 2013

Two or three weeks ago I featured a book from the King Penguin Book Collection about the Isle of Wight.  This was considered a favourite among the collection and I agree it is lovely. It brought back happy memories of holidays in the 1950s and 1960s.  However I think Life in the an English Village with 16 lithographs by Edward Bawden and an introductory essay by Noel Carrington, must also be in the top ten.  

I grew up in a village community; the illustrations are really quite reminiscent of the time even if a little ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’ I, as you know come from a riverside community; still rural but without the agriculture, the big house and the saddler.  More yachts, moorings and the ship’s chandler.

Nonetheless the book is lovely,  the coloured illustrations are from drawings made by the artist directly on to the lithographic zinc plates. They are therefore originals and not reproductions of drawings made on paper.  

However, although proud of my roots; I have always had a yearning for a fine teapot, fine china on houseboat was not always an option.  So the tea pot image is a firm favourite and the deciding factor when I bought a copy of the book for myself.

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