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Mr. John C. Dogherty (Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parlicoot lives again, 8 Sept. 2011
This review is from: PARLICOOT'S HOUSE (Hardcover)
Parlicoot is a little chap, dreamed up in 1943 as a children's book. There are actually two books, both extremely rare. The first introduces us to Parlicoot and is called 'Parlicoot- and how he sets out to find a Playmate' It tells the story of a strange little animal who wanders into a woodland community looking for anyone who can tell him what he is and where he may find a mate.The second is called 'Parlicoot's House' and tells how he and Playmate set about identifying what sort of house they should have, and then make it. The story is told in a charmingly simple fashion, accessible to children and adults alike and eminently suitable for reading aloud. The book's illustrations are in full colour watercolour and are wonderfully detailed. Considering that they were produced in the middle of a World War, with all the restrictions on materials that entailed, they are marvels of visualisation and an enormous credit both to the author and the artist,the latter sadly, being un-named. As far as I know, only one copy of each is in existence. If anybody knows of any more of either, look after them, they are gold dust!
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Victorian Panorama: A Visit to Newcastle Upon Tyne in the Reign of Queen Victoria
Victorian Panorama: A Visit to Newcastle Upon Tyne in the Reign of Queen Victoria
by Alan Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars A walk in the past, 26 May 2009
This book is what every budding family historian needs: a pictorial overview of an entire city as it actually looked during a key formative period. The panorama itself is set in a false perspective which presents the buildings in a psuedo 3 dimensional style. This means that you can see how they really looked. Drawn in meticulous detail and centred on the 1860's the book splits the panorama into sections, each of which is shown in close up and with key buildings and locations annotated. The notes for each item are clear and concise, giving information, not only about the building or whatever as it was then, but also a little bit of the building's own past and future. Scattered throughout the book are photos of the area taken as close in time as it is possible, and sections of an excellent contemporary road map. Altogether a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining book, for the casual reader and the more serious researcher.

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