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A Shell Eye on England
A Shell Eye on England

A Shell Eye on England

The Shell County Guides 1934–1984


152 Pages, 9.75 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $36.95 (US $36.95) (CA $40.95)

Publication Date: December 2010

ISBN 9781907471070

Rights: WOR X UK & EUR

Libri Publishing (Dec 2010)

Price: $36.95


Unique and nostalgic, this record explores the particularities of the Shell Guides and examines them in a cultural context. From their inception in the 1930s as UK county guides through their development in the 1970s as international travel guides, the Shell Guides moved away from an often elitist and ironic style to a more Modernist and serious approach. Including detailed accounts of post-World War II editors John Betjeman’s and John Piper’s writing, editing, and photography methods, this book will appeal to those interested in popular literature, design, and cultural history.

Author Biography

David Heathcote is a historian of architecture and design and a lecturer at Birkbeck College, Middlesex University, and the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture. He is the author of various books, including Barbican: Penthouse Over the City. He has also contributed to magazines and newspapers, such as Blueprint, the Daily Telegraph, Eye, Time Out, and Wallpaper.