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Williams-Ellis, Clough

On trust for the nation.

London, Paul Elek 1947.

Reference: 13649
Price: £10 [convert currency]

Full Description

Small 4to. 168 + (4)pp, many photo ills, also sketch drawings by the author. Publisher’s pictorial cloth, slightly worn at spine and edges. Ink presentation inscription dated Christmas 1947 on verso of front free endpaper.

An engagingly personal overview of the buildings and other properties owned by the National Trust fifty years after its foundation. The only mention that Clough Williams-Ellis and his book get in the diaries of James Lees-Milne, at that time in charge of the National Trust’s historic buildings, is this characteristic entry under 22 May 1945 : “Clough Williams-Ellis called at the office at 4.30 to discuss his book on the N.T. and stayed until 7.15. He is a man of fantasy, with long whiskers, and today was wearing a deep blue shirt and stock. He is cranky, hearty, arty and disarming”.