Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Newly published book, Ramsgate Official Guide 1929

From the point of view of the local historian one of the most irritating things about the local historians of the past is that while they attempt to describe what the local area was like hundreds of years before they were born, they do very little to describe what the local area was like when they were alive.

This means that here in Thanet the tourist guides written at different times for people visiting the area are an invaluable tool as they set out to describe the area to people from a different place if not a different time.

So assuming that the past is a foreign country we can make use of a guide for foreigners, the guide I have just reprinted after 75 years even as a two page French supplement, the view from a foreign country can in a sense become the past.

Tourist guides to this area started in the 1770s and as you can see from the picture, which shows some of the ones I have reprinted, I have been busy.

If you want to buy it (post free in UK) here is the link http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/catalogue/ramsgate_official_guide_1929.htm or you can come to my bookshop in Ramsgate (although not on Thursdays and Sundays when it is closed) and have look at it and decide if you want to buy it.         

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