1926. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #46705
Ashby, Douglas W. 12 diaries, 1926-9, 1931, 1945-8. 2326 pp. in all. 24 hand-drawn maps and other pen-and-ink vignettes. 3 books. Hand writing neat and very legible throughout. Detailed journals of his holidays and travels in Europe, Scotland, and England with his wife and other family members. Lots of serious walking with the topography insightfully and beautifully described. The diaries and books are housed in a very handsome dark blue cloth box. Coloured copies of the title pages and facing map of each diary are pasted on the top, lid, and bottom of the box. Douglas W. Ashby was born in 1898 in Leicester, England. His father died when he was 6. His grandfather had a shoe and boot factory. In the First World War, Ashby served as a clerk in the Army Service Corps at Darby. He was demobbed in June 1918. He remained a pacifist the remainder of his life and was the first secretary of the Peace Pledge Union in Leicester. He worked as a bank clerk. He married Mildred on 17 September 1928, and they apparently had one child named Gillian. He translated Sasha (1920) and Loves Anvil: A Romance of Northern Russia (1921) and wrote several books, including The Harp of the Hills, Poems (1923), Things Seen in Switzerland in Summer (1928), and Friar Lane (1951). A full description of contents is available on request as it is too long to fit here.
Price (CAD): $3,300.00