File Name West1774
Call Number DA 670 F98 W4 1774
Title The Antiquities of Furness; or, an Account of the Royal Abbey of St. Mary, in the Vale of Nightshade, near Dalton in Furness, Belonging to the Right Honorable Lord George Cavendish.
Short Title The Antiquities of Furness
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Dedication To the Right Honorable Lord George Cavendish, First Uncle to his Grace The Duke of Devonshire, &c. …Thomas West. Titeup, in Furness, 1774.
Imprint London, Printed for the author, by T. Spilsbury, in Cook's Court, Carey-Street, Lincoln's Inn: and Sold by J. Johnson, in St. Paul's Church-Yard; J. Ridley, in St. James's Street; and S. Leacroft, at Charing-Cross. 1774.
Edition 1
Publication Date 1774
Volumes 1
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography [28], lvi, [2], 288, [136] p. : ill. (2 fold.), fold. map; 24 x 30 cm. Rebound in quarter calf, marbled boards.
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Bibliographic Notes Our copy has 250 pounds written in pencil on the inside front cover recto; foldout map has been taped/repaired; foldout prints; oversized (spreadsheet note); title on spine
Critical Annotation

In his opening dedication, West insists that the history of Britain possesses global as well as national appeal. In The Antiquities, he is eager to measure Britain and the Lake District against the rest of the world. He focuses chiefly on religious antiquities, artifacts of “public and private economy” that he treats as privileged carriers of meaning, public feeling, and government (n. p.). The accuracy of his work, West claims, will satisfy both those who have been to Furness Abbey and those who can only learn about it in his pages (n. p.). Composed primarily of historical information and physical descriptions, West’s text contains some practical information for tourists, but the later Guide to the Lakes addresses that group more explicitly. The SFU LDC copy is oversized. The foldout map has been torn and repaired, and the title on the spine is West's Antiquities of Furness.

Format Octavo
Plate Count 3
Map Count 1
Illustrations None
Photographs None
Tables No
Binding Colour marble
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