THE PLEASANT LAND OF GWENT By Fred J. Hando. With an Introduction by Arthur Machen. Drawings by the Author. Arthur MACHEN, Fred J. HANDO, Contribution.
THE PLEASANT LAND OF GWENT By Fred J. Hando. With an Introduction by Arthur Machen. Drawings by the Author.

THE PLEASANT LAND OF GWENT By Fred J. Hando. With an Introduction by Arthur Machen. Drawings by the Author.

Newport, Monmouthshire: R.H. Johns Limited, No Date [1944]. First Edition. Large crown octavo, original blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine panel, small vignette in gilt on front cover, map endpapers, all edges trimmed. 112 pp. illustrated title page, line-drawings by the author throughout, some full page. The trade edition, issued in September 1944, one month after the limited edition of 220 copies signed by Hando. Covers irregularly faded with some staining and foxing; light wear at edges. A good sound copy. Goldstone & Sweetser 125b. Item #311855

¶ Chapter Nine is titled "Arthur Machen", and discusses Machen's relationship to the land of Gwent, Hando wrote the book "to persuade readers to see the little places of a shy county". Monmouthshire's set pieces, such as Raglan Castle and Tintern Abbey were not his focus, he wrote of lesser known sites - such as the "Virtuous Well" at Trellech, "the tallest house in Monmouthshire" at Treowen, and the medieval boundary marker at Croes Llwyd.

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