Well as suggested, last night I settled down in the arm chair with a large glass of malt and started to have a more detailed look at the book.
Have my initial thoughts been dampened? Not likely they have been reinforced.
In preparing this book John has pulled together a team of professionals;-
Bob Marrion who has provided a significant number of illustrations.
Brian Rigelsford who has illustrated large portions of the book with his wonderful ink drawings.
Tim Hall who wrote up the memoirs.
To name but three.
The book is essentially a telling of the story of Nicolas Welch and is based upon his memoirs the finding of which is a tale in itself.
Of course to follow this interesting tale the book is profusely illustrated with photos from Johns collection and what a collection (sigh).
Hope John doesn't mind but here's two pics to whet your appetite.
My 18th. Century bug is well and truly bitten.
So tonight guess what I will be doing? The malt is ready....
Time for a sip!