Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches
( John PIPER, illus. ) BETJEMAN, John
BRIGHT, CLEAN SET IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPERS
Published: Collins, 1968
Stock code: 42776
2 vols., 8vo., First Edition thus, with numerous plates and maps; red cloth, gilt backs, green endpapers, a very good, bright, clean set in unclipped dustwrapper.
Published a decade after the first edition, and incorporating much new material. Betjeman was unhappy with the size of the original edition, preferring the more compact pocket format afforded by two volumes. The majority of the considerable revision was carried out by Betjeman's close friend John Steegman who had completed over half the work at his death in 1966. The task was finalised by Anthony Symondson. This second edition is inaccurately termed 'Third Edition' by the publisher; one important alteration in the format is that there was no longer a distinction made between the authorship of the county introductions and the lists of churches; the book reverted to its old pattern in the third edition. A BRIGHT SET AND UNCOMMON IN THIS CONDITION. Peterson A25d.