Green Tide, life in Britain in World War II.
Green Tide by Richard Church, illustrated by C. F. Tunnicliffe.
Published by Country Life Limited, London in 1945 during the second world war. First Edition.
This is a remarkable book, with 44 superb wood engravings illustrations by C. F. Tunnicliffe. This book tells a story of England during the second world war. The scene is set between London and Kent, the garden of England, as ordinary country people carry on their tasks, gazing upward as the Battle of Britain rages overhead. It is a wartime propaganda book intended to inspire as the war comes to a close. It concludes with text on how England “is turning now . . .to give the sign for the harmony of nations to ring out loud and clear” as the church bells do in England.
C. F. Tunnicliffe was a skilled illustrator. The 44 illustrations in Green Tide are woodcuts, beautifully capture English country scenes under the threat of war. The wood engravings are nicely printed. The book is printed well to war economy standards. It has no dust jacket but is in very good condition and has almost no fox marking. A great example of how illustrated books such as this can capture the essence of life in Britain.
A nice book for anyone interested in British social history.