File Name Sands1984
Call Number PR 5884 S26 1984
Title Portrait of the Wordsworth Country
Short Title Portrait Wordsworth Country
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Dedication Printed: "For Jason, Claire, Ailsa and Iona / The Child is the father of the Man; / And I could wish my days to be / Bound to each by natural piety." Handwritten in ballpoint pen: “To John, wishing you happy Wordsworth wanderings! Best wishes, Ron Sands”.
Imprint London: Robert Hale. Photoset by Rowland Typesetting Ltd. Great Britain: St Edmundsbury Press, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Bound by Hunter and Foulis Ltd, 1984.
Edition 1
Publication Date 1984
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Pages 207
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SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 207 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Title URI http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11370011
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Bibliographic Notes In addition to the dedication, one of the title pages is signed “Ronald Sands”.
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Portrait of the Wordsworth Country outlines the relationship between Cumberland and the Wordsworth family in an effort to explain how the region inspired so much of the most beloved and influential English poetry. Author Ronald Sands follows Wordsworth from Penrish to Awseshead, Dove Cottage in Grasmere, calling the area from Cockermouth to Ulverstone “Wordsworthshire.” Supporting the written text are numerous black-and-white photographs of buildings and scenes associated with Wordsworth’s life. The summary on the book’s jacket claims that it will be relevant to scholars, popular audiences, and travellers, but the tone of the work is celebratory rather than critical. In place of a robust history, Sands tells a story about a place that places Wordsworth at its center. Drawing on Wordsworth’s own Guide to the Lakes, Sands suggests that retracing Wordsworth’s footsteps will allow the contemporary traveller to experience a more authentic version of the Lake District. The SFU LDC copy is in excellent condition, bound in blue cloth and wrapped in a laminated paper jacket. The title page bears the author’s signature, along with a handwritten dedication: “To John, Wishing you Happy Wordsworth Wanderings!”

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Binding Colour Blue
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