Thursday, 21 July 2011

Snapped before I wrapped! ;-)



Brian Cook's illustrations, from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s,
are iconic. They showcase British life and landscape...quintessential images
of Britain, its villages, castles, churches, cottages and countryside.
No-one can fail to marvel at such beauty!

Certainly, I love this book and of course, when I am in a bookshop,
I often browse the original Batsford books,
with those memorable, dust jackets!
They have become hugely collectable because they depict Britain
at its best...timeless beauty!

And so..I bought this book ...but not for me!
It was a present for someone ! ;-)

Here are a few of the pictures...snapped before I wrapped !



A village scene from 'How to look at buildings'

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'The Old Inns of England'

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Worcester Cathedral

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A Norfolk Windmill

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The English Cottage

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Ploughing scene from the cover of Heidelberg magazine

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Cirencester ...from the 'Old Towns of England'

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Ascot

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Farming England 1937

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The Seas and Shores of England

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The Spirit of London

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Derbyshire

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Ancient England

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Lancashire and the Pennines

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Wolbarrow Bay, Dorset

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Eilean Donan Castle,Scotland

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Fishing village, Crail ,Fife

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The Land of Wales

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The Face of Wales

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Devonshire coast

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Somerset

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Shakespeare Country

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I hope that the recipient enjoys looking through this book as much as I have!

And if you wish to purchase..it's here:


And you can also purchase these notebooks, which Batsford have now produced...




Or, of course, simply search for the 'real thing' , which is what I love to do!
;-)

5 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

The picture of Somerset is reminiscent of Church Steps Minehead
http://www.oldukphotos.com/somerset-minehead.htm
Julie xxxxxxx

galant said...

I love these paintings and have a series of the postcards which I think I might use on my collage board in my little summerhouse in due course! But I would love to have that book and have put it on my Wish List! How evocative of a by-gone era it is! How could you bear to part with it!
Margaret P

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Wow Sal this is such an amazing book, thank you so much, I am off to Amazon and updating my wish list right now!

Sarah x

Country Cottage Chic said...

Gorgeous illustrations! Is that the book you were talking about on Saturday?

Jayne

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Such lovely illustrations Sal, I particularly like the Somerset one.
It looks like I need to add another book to growing list of amazon books...
Isabelle x