Saturday, November 21, 2009

57 Books from the University Book Sale: Book 17



Title
: Stratford-Upon-Avon — Illustrated Guide Book (1933)
Author: n/a
Cover artist: no

Yours for: SOLD (11/21/09)


  • I bought this exclusively for the maps, both the cover map an the (sizable) fold-out area map inside (immaculate).
  • Lots of photos / maps inside, and huge chunks of advertising in front and back, including one for "Dr. J. Collis Browne's Chlorodyne — safe and reliable family remedy for INFLUENZA, coughs, colds, catarrh, asthma, bronchitis." Also something called "diarrhœa"!
  • "Foreign Orders Receive Prompt Attention" — that's code! It's a papist plot! Man your punts!

Page 123~

GLOUCESTER is a busy city with none of the placid charm of Tewkesbury, but it has many features of interest.

~RP

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8 comments:

el-staplador said...

Collis Browne's Mixture is still available in the UK. My father swears by it; I sometimes take it as cough mixture.

Deb said...

Rex--I'm just curious: You say you bought the book for its pristine maps, but then you say the book can be anyone's for the price of postage. Do you remove the maps first?

Rex Parker said...

O dear god no, I would never tear anything out of a book. The fold-out map just made the book compelling to me. That's all.

Brian Busby said...

I can attest that that guide remains relevant in that even today Gloucester, for all its strengths, has "none of the placid charm of Tewkesbury" (though it does indeed have "many features of interest").

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Frank said...

"Also something called 'diarrhœa'!"

Oh those Brits and their wacky love of ligatures!

JRSM said...

'diarrhœa': I'll have you know we still spell it that way round these parts!

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