It Is Very Observable: the Diary of "Mr Pepys", by Ronald P. Jones. The Lindsey Press, 1946. Hdbk. Grey cloth binding. No dust jacket. 262 pp., with a series of attractive sepia photographs appended, showing various churches, as well as photos of the author and his ARP fire-fighting comrades during the war.
A real curiosity, this, probably of more interest in the second half of the book, because of its account of fire-fighting around St Paul's in London during the Blitz. Personally, I find the deliberate adoption of the pseudo-17th century Pepysian style throughout a constant irritant; but it must have made the diary (which itself is genuine) more saleable at the time. The first half of the volume is devoted to matters pertaining to the administration of Nonconformist Christians in the 1920s and '30s: not, perhaps, the most galvanising of topics to a modern reader. Anyone interested in British Christianity during that period will, however, feel differently. But it is the account of London during the war years that is of particular significance.
Rare and collectable.