Britain's Changing Towns
Ian Nairn's architectural reports of sixteen towns (1967)
First edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 23.5 × 15cm, 168pp.
A now scarce collection of sixteen essays by Ian Nairn written between 160/61 and 1964, he describes the changing face of sixteen towns from the classical architecture to the modern buildings. "Each of the towns is changing and there are victories and defeats to be recorded: good modern building and discriminating preservation on the one hand, and thoughtless destruction and soulless construction on the other." The towns are: Birmingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Canterbury, Manchester, Glasgow, Llandiloes, Sheffield, Plymouth, Marylebone, Chester, Derry, Brighton, Cardiff, Liverpool, Norwich, and Fife.
The book itself is in very good condition, with a little minor bumping to the boards' edges and some light tanning to the page edges, otherwise the pages are clean, the binding secure, the book free from inscription and in good, strong readable condition. The dustwrapper is quite heavily chipped and rubbed along the folds and edges with some surface grubbying and the remnants of a sticker taken off the front panel. However, it has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.