Hooke, Wilfred D.
Title THE CHANNEL ISLANDS. THE COUNTY BOOKS SERIES.
Publisher Robert Hale, London, 1954, revised edition.
Seller ID 21062
211 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, fold-out map at rear. "The Channel Islands are the oldest of Her Majesty's overseas possessions. Their self-governing status in the British Commonwealth is unique and through t heir long and often troubled history they have frequently played a part in world affairs that is out of all proportion with their size. In this book, which is illustrated from a profusion of well chosen photographs, the author has given an e r u d i t e portrait of the islands as they are at the present time. The day-to-day life of the islanders, the peculiarity of their institutions, customs and government are woven with the story of their past to form a fascinating picture. The r ea de r is s ho wn the beauty of the countryside with its prosperous agriculture and the grandeur of the towering cliffs and shares in the fascination of the little islets whose only inhabitants are the sea birds. The author....has lived in one o r o the r of the is lan d s almost all his life, becoming a Channel Islander by adoption at an early age. With the exception of a break for war service, he has devoted all the time he can spare from bookselling to the study of the islands, part icu larl y th ei r b ird life . H is enthusiasm as a field naturalist has taken him to every part of the larger islands and to most of the smaller reefs and rocks. The Channel Islands have received much publicity since their occupation by the Ger man Army durin g t he w ar, but f ew ac cou nts have presented such a comprehensive and readable story of an area that never fails to captivate for life all those who visit it." Bump to corners of boards - migrates slightly into adjacent pages, lig ht b rowni ng to edge s of text block, very ligh t wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, several small tears and chips, light browning and several light stains on rear pane l, a f ew sma ll fo xing marks . Very Good/ Good-