File Name Wordsworth1951
Call Number DA 670 L1 W67 1951
Title A Guide Through the District of the Lakes in the North of England: With a Description of the Scenery, &c., for the Use of Tourists and Residents with Illustrations by John Piper and an Introduction by W.M. Merchant.
Short Title A Guide through the District
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Imprint Rupert Hart-Davis, Soho Square, London, 1951
Edition 1
Publication Date 1951
Volumes 1
Pages 174
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 174 p. : ill., map ; 18 cm. "First published anonymously in 1810 as an introduction to Select views in Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Lancashire, by the Rev. Joseph Wilkinson." Cover title : Wordsworth's guide to the lakes. "The bibliography of Wordsworth's guide": p. 30-32.
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            This book is a twentieth-century printing of the fifth edition of Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes, originally published in 1835. A lengthy introduction by W. M. Merchant opens the volume, outlining the history of picturesque travel writing in the Lake District and positioning Wordsworth as an innovator whose “view of the natural scene was both more original and more penetrating” than any who came before him (23). A detailed bibliography of the Guide fills the latter pages of the introduction. In the Guide, Wordsworth presents Lake District travel from a variety of angles, beginning with recommendations for approaching the most celebrated viewpoints, then shifting into descriptions of the mountains, lakes, and valleys, and finally into a discussion of the effects of settlement in the area. Wordsworth’s commentary is conservative in spirit: he decries the overdevelopment already in evidence in his day and privileges Nature in an ideal, untouched state. His descriptive essay concludes with a set of aesthetic criteria for the evaluation of natural beauty. A map of the Lake District is included with the text, and black-and-white drawings by John Piper are dispersed throughout. The SFU LDC copy is in good condition with some foxing. It is bound in blue cloth and wrapped in an illustrated paper jacket. This copy was published in London by Rupert Hart-Davis, but we hold a near-identical copy published one year later by the Indian University Press.

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Plate Count 10
Map Count 1
Illustrations Black and White Only
Photographs None
Tables No
Binding Colour Brown, black
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