File Name Young1770
Call Number S 455 Y7 1770
Title A Six Months Tour through the North of England. Containing, An Account of the Present State of Agriculture, Manufactures and Population, in several Counties of this Kingdom...Interspersed With Descriptions of the Seats of the Nobility and Gentry; and Other Remarkable Objects: Illustrated with Copper Plates of such Implements of Husbandry, as Deserved to be Generally Known; and Views of Some Picturesque Scenes, which Occured in the Course of the Journey. In Four Volumes. [Vol. I/II/III/IV].
Short Title A Six Months Tour
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Title Page Quotation "La feule voie de se procurer un corps complet d'agriculture seroit, sans doute, de rassembler les diverses observations qu'auroient fourni dans chaque province." Encyclopedie.
Dedication To such of the nobility, gentlemen, farmers, and others, as were pleased to give intelligence to the author, during the course of his tour; this register of it is inscribed, by their much obliged, most obedient, and devoted servant, Arthur Young. North Mims, Hertfordshire, Oct. 1, 1769.
Imprint London: Printed for W. Strahan; W. Nicholl, No. 51 in St. Paul's Church-yard; B. Collins, at Salisbury; and J. Balfour, at Edinburgh. 1770.
Edition 1
Publication Date 1770
Volumes 4
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 4 v : ill. 13 x 21 cm. Calf over boards.
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Bibliographic Notes 4 v. : ill. (kg). Vol I: bookplate inside front cover (Samuel Darby, London), and handwrititng in pencil "First edition, 4 vols, 28 plates, 6 tables"; recto handwriting in ink [unsure what it says] and in pencil 450 pounds. Vol II: bookplate inside front cover (Samuel Darby, London). Vol. III: bookplate (not Samuel Darby, but has a verse and the name is Edmund Whitaker Hodge). Vol IV: bookplate (Samuel Darby, London). Title on spine is Tour Thro' North of England.
Critical Annotation

Young’s four-volume Tour is a travel narrative structured as a series of letters. It contains detailed accounts of farming practices, including lists of farming “particulars” like labor costs, prices of provisions farm size, rents, crops, and livestock, apparently based on statistical data from 250 farms. Although Young claims to esteem “peers” and “common farmers” equally (xv), he is generally critical of the lower classes. He praises the practice of enclosure, which he claims benefits the individual and the nation. He discusses the beauty, pleasure, and utility of nature, landscape, and art, his descriptions anticipating characteristics of what will become the picturesque tradition. The tour of the Lake District is recorded in Volume III, where Young travels through Carlisle, Kendal, Ullswater, Hawswater, Windermere, and Lancaster. According to Peter Bicknell, the sketches of the waterfalls near Keswick in that volume are by Young himself (relevant page # from Bicknell). The numerous other engravings, many of which are foldouts, include maps and drawings of castles, waterfalls, scenery, farming implements, and barn plans. In his preface, Young acknowledges the heterogeneous nature of his work, and though he could not have anticipated it, such variety would become a standard feature of Lake District guides. The SFU LDC copy has bookplates glued in the inside front covers of all four volumes (although the name in Volume III is different).

Format Octavo
Plate Count 33
Map Count 1
Illustrations None
Photographs None
Tables Yes
Binding Colour Sepia
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