About Britain No. 1

It seems an appropriate year to give an airing the various pieces of Festival of Britain ephemera which are dotted around the house.

I thought I'd start with the covers of the thirteen "About Britain" books published in 1951 with their coloured title pages, illustrated by artists including Barbara Jones and Kenneth Rowntree.

We love the spirit of this little guides:

"Not everyone has ten shillings or fifteen shillings to spend on a fat topographical volume. Here are 94 pages of lively matter including upwards of 50 illustrations for a reasonable price."

I'll post the remaining twelve in the series over the next few weeks.