File Name Gibson1860_3
Call Number DA 670 L1 G53 1860
Title The Old Man, or, Ravings and Ramblings Round Coniston. By Alexander Craig Gibson, F.S.A. Third Edition. Re-Written by the Author.
Short Title The Old Man
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Title Page Quotation "I may speak of thee as the traveller doth of Venice: . . . Vinegia, vinegia, chi non te vede, ei non te pregia."--Love's Labour Lost. "Yet who would have thought the old man would have had so much blood in him!"--Macbeth.
Imprint Windermere: J. Garnett. London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co.
Edition 3
Publication Date 1860
Volumes 1
Pages 168
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography ii, 153 p., xii, [5] woodcut vignette plates : ill. ; 17 cm.
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Alexander Craig Gibson opens his text by declaring the absence of a sufficiently detailed, accurate representation of Lake District life. A local of Coniston, he offers to fill this gap with his own summary of “all that is worthy to notice,” expressing the hope that residents of towns and villages elsewhere in the Lake District will follow suit. His narrative includes history, etymology, anecdotes, character sketches, and descriptions of personality traits supposedly common to the area’s residents. Five plates are included with the text, all featuring etchings of popular views; a list of works “recently published” by J. Garnett comes at the end of the volume, including a selection of photographs available for purchase at 1s. 6d. a piece. Though dense, The Old Man is compact and pragmatically arranged, and may well have accompanied readers on their tours. Gibson positions his text as more authentic, more comprehensive, and more authoritative than those of his predecessors and competitors, but this claim not uncommon in Lake District travel literature. In fact, the emphasis on authenticity is itself a common trope of the genre. The SFU LDC holds a fine copy of this work, bound in marble boards with a leather-wrapped spine. A handwritten dedication is inscribed in ink on the title page, reading “From Mary Walker, Broughton in Furness, To Ms. Gurner.”

Format Octavo
Plate Count 5
Map Count 0
Illustrations Black and White Only
Photographs None
Tables No
Binding Colour marble
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