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1 Cluness, A.T. THE SHETLAND ISLES. THE COUNTY BOOKS SERIES.
London Robert Hale 1951 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Fair 
308 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). B&w photographs, fold-out map at rear. "Here is a detailed description of the islands with their headlands, skerries, tide-streams and lonely tarns; the inhabitants are more intimately and accurately analysed and depicted than ever before. The individuality of the Shetlander is well-known; here that individuality is explained. The saga of the race's endurance and successful efforts throughout the ages to wrest a livelihood from the ocean occupies a fair part of the book, while misconceptions of the Southron regarding the isles are so firmly exposed that the book will alter radically the existing ideas of both English and Scots about the islands and their inhabitants. Space has been devoted to legend and folk-lore, and philologists will find much of interest in the chapters treating of the dialect, which, the author claims, still contains the purest survivals in the British Isles of old Norn and Anglo-Saxon tongues. And throughout there is the rough of the sea, playing its part in the lives of the Shetlander, from the days when Leif the Lucky sailed past Furthurstrander to the times of the Altmark and the Hood. The ornithologist will have especial pleasure in the fine photographs of sea bird life." Light browning on endpapers, darkening to board edges, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight bump at board corners, small bump to bottom corner of most pages - heaviest on pages 225 to 240, book slightly cocked, faint tiny foxing marks on edges of text block. Dust jacket is price clipped, has archival tape down inside of rear hinge, moderate browning - mainly on rear panel, edge creasing, several small closed tears, large chips at top of spine, light edge wear, small waterstains on spine - now protected in removable mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 

 


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