File Name Gell1968
Call Number DA 670 L1 G4
Title A Tour in the Lakes Made in 1797 by William Gell. Edited by William Rollinson, M.A., Lecturer in Geography, Liverpool University, Member of the Council of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society
Short Title A Tour in the Lakes Made in 1797.
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Imprint Published by Frank Graham, 6 Queen's Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2PL
Edition 1
Publication Date 1968
Volumes 1
Pages 56
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 53 p. : illus., facsims., map, plans. ; 22 cm. Bibliography: p. 7. Bibliographical references included in "Notes" (p. 48-53)
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A Tour in the Lakes Made in 1797 is a faithful reproduction of the travel diary of William Gell, compiled and edited by William Rollinson of Liverpool University. The diary is a brief, straightforward report of Gell’s activities and impressions. Gell is familiar with Thomas West’s guide and references it several times, but is significantly more critical of the scenery than West, even accusing West of exaggeration (e.g. “the account of [Honister Pass] in West’s guide, though not written by himself is as much overcharged in this subject as it is generally on every other” [17], and “the author of the guide to the lakes found a beauty and wildness in the valley of Newlands which I believe others will scarce imagine with the assistance of the most romantic genius they can summon for the occasion” [37]). Several half-finished pencil sketches are included with the text, along with a floor plan of Saint Herbert’s cell at Derwentwater and Gell’s copy of Crosthwaite’s map of Derwentwater. Gell’s critical perspective is interesting and somewhat rare in Lake District travel writing, which may explain the editor’s decision to publish the manuscript (though there is no stated reason in the book’s introduction). Several pages in the back of the volume contain advertisements for maps, facsimiles, and reprints. The SFU LDC copy is in very good condition, bound in pink paper boards.  

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Plate Count 16
Map Count 0
Illustrations Black and White Only
Photographs None
Tables No
Binding Colour Royal blue
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