File Name Radcliffe1795_2
Call Number D 917 R33 1795
Title A Journey Made in the Summer of 1794, through Holland and the Western Frontier of Germany, with a Return Down the Rhine: to which Are Added Observations During a Tour to the Lakes of Lancashire, Westmoreland, and Cumberland. In Two Volumes. --[Vol. I/II]. Second Edition.
Short Title A Journey Made in the Summer of 1794
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Imprint London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row. 1795.
Edition 2
Publication Date 1795
Volumes 2
Pages 904
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 2 v. (479, 423 p.); 14 x 22 cm. Calf with cloth spine.
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Bibliographic Notes 2 v.; 2nd ed.(kg); Title on spine of both volumes reads: "Radcliffe's Journey". Vol 2: Bookplate James Smith of Jordanhill; writing in pencil that says, among other things, "Scotland"
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A celebrated Gothic novelist, Ann Radcliffe was known for her evocative landscape descriptions. One biographer credits her with perfecting the “graphic travelogue,” and describes her writing as analogous to the landscape paintings of Salvator Rosa and Claude Lorraine (ODNB). This aesthetic is apparent in Radcliffe’s record of her 1794 tour of Holland, Germany, and the Rhine. As critic George Dekker notes, her journals explore connections between theories of the picturesque and sublime, along with “religious, literary, and political concerns” that reveal her middle-class sentiments (71). According to Dekker, the Radcliffes’ accidental detour through the Lake District is responsible for “the most rewarding section of the book” (84). This section is full of descriptions of the sublime feeling evoked by the scenery, particularly the mountains: Radcliffe takes special pains to capture the impression of grandeur, incredible vastness, and “involuntary horror” she experiences when climbing Skiddaw (332). Her descriptions manifest “a wish to present the picture, and a consciousness of the impossibility of doing so, except by the pencil” (2; 265-266). If not for a clerical error, the Radcliffes may never have seen the Lake District, for they had originally planned to visit Switzerland. Perhaps with this thwarted plan in mind, Radcliffe notes the similarities between the Lake District and continental Europe. The SFU LDC copy is in very good condition, with bumped corners and some foxing on the pages. It is bound in brown leather with brown cloth at the spine. The title, “Radcliffe’s Journey,” appears in gilt embossing on the spine. A bookplate for “James Smith at Jordanhill” is pasted to the inside front cover of both volumes; beneath the bookplate in the second volume, someone has written an address in pencil (“Renfrewshire, Scotland, P510 Fainbairn [?] Family Crests.”)




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