File Name Lefebure1964
Call Number DA 670 L1 L48 1964
Title The English Lake District. Molly Lefebure.
Short Title The English Lake District.
Series Title Batsford Britain Series
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Dedication "To my father, who taught me my way round the Lake District and how to read a map."
Imprint B.T. Batsford Ltd. London.
Edition 1
Publication Date 1964
Volumes 1
Pages 224
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 224 p. ill.
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            Lefebure’s The English Lake District is an eclectic local history containing descriptions, facts, opinions, and anecdotes. The range of topics is broad, and includes local weather, landscape, wildlife, architecture, industry, sport, and the cultural heritage of the Lake District. There are numerous allusions to literary figures like Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Ruskin, and Beatrix Potter, and the chapter on Grasmere features a short biography of William Wordsworth. Lefebure boasts a local’s knowledge of the region, and though her love for the land is obvious, she criticizes the cult of the picturesque, claiming that it is an invention of the tourist industry (15). From start to finish, the tone of the narrative is inviting, informal, and immersive (e.g. “And now, reader, I will leave you to rest, while I try to borrow a pair of boots for you; tomorrow we shall be going up to Scafell together” [136]). The book is too dense to have served as a guide, but it would have made excellent “base camp” reading. A selection of black-and-white photos and a single, one-page map accompany the text. The SFU LDC copy is in fine condition, bound in red cloth. The original paper jacket is in tact.

Format Other
Plate Count 33
Map Count 1
Illustrations None
Photographs Black and White Only
Tables No
Binding Colour Red
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