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WOODFORDE, REV. JAMES - A Country Parson  James Woodforde's Diary 1759-1802 Illustrated

Title: A Country Parson James Woodforde's Diary 1759-1802 Illustrated
Description: Century Publishing, London, 1985. Small quarto; hardcover, grey boards, with gilt spine-titling and illustrated endpapers; 224pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Inscription. Mild wear to dustwrapper edges and corners and now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This book brings to life the pastoral beauties and modest amusements of Parson Woodforde's quiet life: fishing trips, near-daily card games, concerts and dinners (large ones, famously and minutely documented) with friends. Occasionally the pleasant tenor of his days is ruffled by the impudence of a servant or friend ('Mrs Davie and Nancy made me up an Apple Pye Bed') or the louche behaviour of his younger brother ('Brother John is very indifferent by his being too busy with Girls'). There are excitements - the launching of a hot-air balloon, the day the pigs got drunk - but essentially his life was a peaceful one and sometimes, as he puts it, 'comical dull'. His diary is anything but. 'No amount of history written with hindsight can be anything like as good as a document never meant to be read.' - David Hughes


Price: AUD 19.80 = appr. US$ 13.70 Seller: Lamdha Books
- Book number: 93964

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