File Name Marshall1976
Call Number DA 670 L1 V5 1976
Title Victorian and Edwardian Lake District: From Old Photographs
Short Title Victorian and Edwardian Lake District
Series Title While there is no official series title, the book jacket does include a list of twenty "Victorian and Edwardian" themed texts listed as "Uniform with this volume" (including Victorian and Edwardian Birmingham by Dorothy McCulla, Victorian and Edwardian Brighton by John Betjeman & J.S. Gray, and others).
Title Page Quotation There is no quotation, but there are two black and white photographs that precede the title page: "Brampton market place soon after 1900" and "Looking north up Lake Windermere which froze in February 1895"
Imprint London: B. T. Batsford Ltd, 1976. Phototypeset by Tradespools Ltd, Frome, Somerset. Printed in Great Britain by The Anchor Press, Tiptree, Essex, for the publishers B. T. Batsford Ltd, 4 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 0AH.
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Publication Date 1976
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography [120] p. : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm.
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This captioned collection of photographs provides an impression of how the Lake District might have appeared to nineteenth-century visitors and poets like William Wordsworth. As a whole, the collection aims to show the Lake District from the point of view of workers, walkers, and photographers, as well as more affluent residents and visitors: a national treasure belonging to people of all classes, and vastly exceeding its cultural identity as a tourist destination. And yet, the photographs are suggestive of the ways in which tourism itself has shaped the area, showing the growth of towns and villages, modes of transportation including ferries, steamers, and coaches, and leisure activities popular with locals and tourists alike. All of the photographs are printed in black-and-white. Some come from professional archives and others from amateur collectors, but not all are attributed. The editors claim the text possesses “permanent value” thanks to the scholarly introduction (by John Marshall of the University of Lancaster) and accompanying commentaries (by Mr Marshall and Michael Davies-Shiel). However, the introduction and captions are brief and nostalgic in tone. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the text is its focus on the daily life of residents: people are subjects of the images, not just props demonstrating the scale of the lakes and mountains. The captions offer names, context, and local colour, and biographical anecdotes. The commentary is more concerned with the content than the form of the images. The SFU LDC holds an excellent copy, bound in brown cloth and wrapped in a laminated paper jacket. The price has been clipped from the jacket, and a bookseller has written a price of £15 in pencil on the front flyleaf.

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