Title: The story of our Canals
Author: Carolyn Hutchings
Illustrator: Roger Hall
Publisher: Ladybird Books Ltd.
Remarks: Late-'70s reprint
Book Condition: Near Excellent
Jacket Condition: N/A
Description: "From the opening of the Bridgewater Canal in 1761, until well into the 19th Century, the canal system in Great Britain grew at a tremendous pace. At its height, there were 6,000 miles of navigable rivers and canals covering the length and breadth of the country, supplying the vital link between mines, farms, factories and ports. The story of how this was achieved, of the colourful characters who dug the canals and operated them, is here depicted in words and pictures, in all its fascinating detail."
Each facing page is illustrated with an exquisite, full-page colour oil painting. Front pastedown features a two-colour monochrome illustration explaining how a canal lock works. The rear endpaper and pastedown depict a three-colour map of all inland waterways of England and Wales as they were in 1975 (including details of those which have been abandoned or are unnavigable).
Matt pictorial boards are in excellent condition for their age. The corners are super-straight; spine is lightly bumped at its ends and has minor rubbing where it meets the rear board. Pages are in pristine condition: crisp, bright, and free from all defect. Ultra-tight binding.
This reprint dates from c.1979
Measures 17.5 cm × 11.5 cm (7″ × 4.6″). 12mo. 51 pp.