File Name Gilpin1794_2
Call Number SD 385 G54 1794
Title Remarks on Forest Scenery, and Other Woodland Views, (Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty) Illustrated by the Scenes of New-Forest in Hampshire. In Three Books. [Vol. I/II]. Second Edition. By William Gilpin, A. M. [sic]. Prebendary of Salisbury; and Vicar of Boldre in New-Forest, near Lymington.
Short Title Remarks on Forest Scenery
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Title Page Quotation "Happy he, / Whom what he views of beautiful, or grand, / In nature, from the broad, majestic oak / To the green blade, that twinkles in the sun, / Prompt with remembrance of a present God." Cowper's Poems.
Dedication To William Mitford, Esq. Lieut. Col. of the Southern Battalia of Hampshire Militia; and one of the Verderers of New-Forest. Vicar's-hill, March 4, 1791. [...] How far the following work may be an amusement to others, I know not: You will, I am sure, accept it with indulgence; and as a mark of that esteem, affection, and friendship, with which I am, my dear Sir, Your very sincere, And obliged, humble servant, William Gilpin. (i-vii)
Imprint London; Printed for R. Blamire, in the Strand. 1794.
Edition 2
Publication Date 1794
Volumes 2
Pages 650
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 2 v. (340, 310) : ill., fold. map, plates. 14 x 23 cm. Bound in calf.
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Bibliographic Notes Our copy: Title on spine reads: "Gilpin's Forest Scenery / Vol [I/II]". Vol 1 writing in the first few blank pages in pencil; some pencil marks in Vol 2 also. Binding looks to have been repaired.
Critical Annotation

In the letter that serves as the introduction to this text, Gilpin claims that the scenery of New-Forest inspired him to resume the picturesque writings he had previously abandoned (ii). Remarks is a two-volume work arranged in three books, the first addressing trees as “single objects,” and considering the relationship between broad types and specific, individual trees (iii). The second book discusses trees in “various combinations” (179), and concludes with a brief history of British forests. In the third book, Gilpin describes the scenery of New-Forest through a series of journeys. Thirty-one aquatints of trees and animals support the text, including one that itemizes the expressions and emotions of horses. A folding map of New-Forest appears near the front of volume II. The SFU LDC copy is in excellent condition, with light pencil markings on the flyleaves. The binding is pristine, though probably not original; it is fawn-coloured leather, with red accents and raised bands. “Gilpin’s Forest Scenery” is embossed on the spine in gold, along with the date, “1794.”

Plate Count 31
Map Count 1
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Binding Colour brown
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