File Name Massingham1942_2
Call Number DA 630 M37 1942
Title Cotswold Country: A Survey of Limestone England from the Dorset Coast to Lincolnshire. By H. J. Massingham, Illustrated from Photographs. Second Edition, Revised.
Short Title Cotswold Country
Series Title Face of Britain.
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Imprint New York: Charles Scribner's Sons London: B.T. Batsford Ltd. 1942
Edition 2
Publication Date 1942
Volumes 1
Pages 128
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography viii, 120 p. col. front., illus., plates (3 col.) 22 cm. Maps on lining-papers. Printed in Great Britain.
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            Cotswold County is an in-depth survey of limestone architecture in the ten counties between Dorset and Lincolnshire, a companion piece to Massingham’s English Downland and part of the “Face of Britain” series. It is a work of geography centered on discussions of building, but it also touches on aspects of human life that intersect with building: local life, folk custom, history, and landscape are all considered in relation to architecture in the text (v). While most of Massingham’s commentary is descriptive, a philosophy of building gradually emerges from his text. He privileges craft over commercial production and advocates for conservative architecture that deepens people’s relationship to nature. According to Massingham, there is no limit to the good that the trinity of “Man [sic], Time, and Nature” may accomplish, and it is certainly to be sought over a second trinity of “Neglect, Progress, and Town” (89). References to history, religion, and science are present throughout the text, but Massingham’s emotional first-person narration gives it the feeling of a travelogue. Three colour illustrations and numerous black-and-white photographs accompany the text, and an index concludes it. The front and back inside covers are printed with maps of “Cotswold Country.” The SFU LDC copy is in excellent condition, with the signature “M. M. Duffy” inscribed in pen on the inside front cover. The binding is tan-coloured cloth.

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Plate Count 123
Map Count 1
Illustrations Colour
Photographs Black and White Only
Tables No
Binding Colour Brown
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