Lionel ('Tom') Rolt was an engineer by training and an author by profession. His passions were cars, canals and steam locomotives, and his biography of Isambard Kingdom Brunel is still well regarded.
One of his early books was Narrow Boat, his story of a journey undertaken through the Midlands navigations on his steam-boat Cressy.
The jacket illustration is from a painting by Herbert Tooley, one of the craftsmen who were still decorating canal boats in the traditional manner at the date of publication.
ReproJacket #174-A-1, size 221.5x506mm.