The Ribble – by Tom Bradley
With an introduction and notes
by the publisher, David I. Bower
(publication date 1 March 2013)
This book completes the series of descriptions of the Yorkshire rivers first published in book form in the1890s, following their first appearance as articles in theYorkshire Weekly Post newspaper. The articles on the river Ribble were the only ones in the series never published in book form, perhaps because the river reaches the sea in Lancashire. The present publication remedies that omission and collectors of the series will want to add it to their collection.
The charm of the books lies not only in the Victorian texts, with their ghost and other stories, told with Bradley’s wry humour, but in the bird’s-eye view strip maps that he drew, which show the river and the surrounding towns, villages and major houses. The maps are folded within the front covers of the books, including the present one. For the Ribble the map is 171 cm long and 8 cm wide.
In order to increase the interest of the present book, Bradley’s text is preceded by a brief description and history of the whole of the Yorkshire Rivers series and some biographical information about Bradley. The text is brought up to date by means of a series of end-notes and a bibliography, but otherwise is reproduced unaltered from the original articles.
The book is a perfect-bound pb of 80+12 pp obtainable from selected bookshops, price £8.95, or from the publisher at 2 Welburn Avenue, Leeds, LS16 5HJ for £9.95, including post and packing (UK only. Overseas plus pp). Cheques to be made payable to D.I.Bower. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 0113 275 9562. home For a higher resolution image, click here