This battered old Shell Guide to Britain may be a bit out of date if you want to find your way around the Britain of 2013, but it tells you all you need to know about the Britain of 1973 - which, let's face it, is far more interesting. It's a whopping great slab of a tome that goes into forensic detail about the history, geography and stuff you can (or could) see in each and every county of our ancient and beautiful land.
The most eyecatching part of the book is its colour plates: for each county there's a gorgeously evocative full page, full colour painting. In an occasional feature I crave your indulgence as I share some of the pictures. Sadly the paintings aren't attributed, but a few of them have intelligible signatures. First, let's go toWales.
1. Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire