Forgotten Shrines of Britain; The Pilgrim's Sketch Books
London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd. Original beige paper boards (7 1/2 inches tall), printed and illustrated in black. Slight edge-wear and gentle toning to boards. A near-fine copy. Item #1380
THE ANCIENT SHRINES OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, AND WALES
First edition—in the original paper boards—recounting Peter Anson's pilgrimage to the ruined, isolated, and overlooked sacred spaces of England. Illustrated by Anson with 12 marvelous pen-and-ink sketches, including a forlorn nighttime image of Glastonbury on the front board.
In 1913, Anson was one of the twenty monks of the Benedictine brotherhood of Caldey Island, led by Abbot Aelred Carlyle, who left the Church of England and went over to Rome. Anson eventually left the Order of St. Benedict in 1924 and began a new life as a prolific author and illustrator. This is number 2 in the Pilgrim's Sketch Books — Anson's popular series of illustrated pilgrimages, following numbers 1-5: to Lourdes, the Shrines of Britain, Brittany, Ireland, and Italy. Anson visited a dozen sites: 1. St Joseph of Arimathea, Glastonbury, 2. St. Guthlac of Crowland, 3. St. Andrew, Patron of Scotland, 4. St. Thomas of Canterbury, 5. St. Werburgh of Chester, 6. St. Alban, Protomartyr of England, 7. St. Hugh of Lincoln, 8. St. Mungo of Glasgow, 9. St. David of Wales, 10. St. Magnus of Orkney, 11. St. Etheldreda of Ely, 12. Holy Island, Northumberland. Invested with a knighthood of the Order of St Gregory by Pope Paul VI (in 1966), Anson returned for a period to Caldey Island before he entered the Sancta Maria Abbey at Nunraw, East Lothian where he died in 1975.