Small Boat on the Meuse. First Edition in dustjacket


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PILKINGTON, Roger. Small Boat on the Meuse. Illustrated by David Knight. London : Macmillan, 1967. Pp (10),1-214. Maps. 8vo, brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Toy 1273. "Roger Pilkington is thoroughly at home on the rivers of Europe, but there is none he knows more intimately than the Meuse. Four times in ten years he has navigated this stream, which flows through three countries, and always he is drawn back to it again. He knows every bend of its course from the wide Dutch reaches below Loevesteen castle to the uplands of Lorraine and the country of Duke Stanislas, and the river never fails to delight him. The voyage begins at the London docks, but quickly the Thames Commodore reaches France to penetrate the curious waterways of Flanders which lead to where the Rhine, Scheldt and Meuse mingle their waters in the Zeeland delta. A visit to Zierikzee and Leerdam, and the little ship isrunning across Belgium's heathland to follow the Meuse up through the Arde nnes, where the forests rise fifteen hundred feet from the water. The Meuseis a river of such wild beauty and unexpected interest that one does not n eed to be a boatman to share the author's delight as he moves upstream, lock by lock, pausing to learn the secret of the Devil's Hole, or why Poilvache ruin is haunted, or to see the glow-worms light up the rampart of Mouzon,or to talk with the Belgian lock-keeper who once came to England as a boy scout, and the French one who longed to be an opera singer. The valley itself is romantic, with its tales of early voyagers, of feuds and gallantry, wicked knights and faithful lovers, and Bayard still riding by night in the tree-top murmur of the breeze. Running through the book is the author's affection for the soft green river, and it is with real regret that the voyagecomes to an end when the Thames Commodore finally leaves the sunlit upland to disappear into the blackness ot the tunnel leading under the divide whi ch separates the gentle valley of the Meuse from its neighbour the Moselle." - from the dj. Very good in unclipped dustjacket (with faint stain to dj spine). 25.00

Title: Small Boat on the Meuse. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: PILKINGTON, Roger KNIGHT, David

Categories: 84,

Publisher: Macmillan, London, 1967,:

Seller ID: 110685