File Name Wordsworth1991
Call Number DA 670 L1 W67 1991
Title A Description of the Lakes, 1822 // A Description if the Scenery of the Lakes in the North of England. Third Edition (Now First Published Separately) With Additions, and Illustrative Remarks Upon the Scenery of the Alps. By William Wordsworth.
Short Title Description of the Lakes
Series Title Revolution and romanticism, 1789-1834
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Imprint Oxford: Woodstock Books, Spelsbury House, Spelsbury, 1991, and New York: Woodstock Books Wordsworth Trust America, Department of English, City College, Convent Ave and 138th St. Printed and bound in Great Britain by Smith Settle, Otley, West Yorkshire // London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row. 1822
Edition 1
Publication Date 1991
Volumes 1
Pages 171
Copies 1
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography iv, 156 p. : 1 map. Reprint, with new introduction. Originally published: A description of the scenery of the lakes in the north of England. London : Longman, 1822.
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Bibliographic Notes Good condition, no notable markers.
Critical Annotation

The Description of the Lakes is a facsimile reproduction of the 1822 edition of Wordsworth’s famous text. A short introduction by Jonathan Wordsworth highlights the importance of the Description for the Lake District and for Wordsworth’s artistic development, pointing out the poet’s commitment to the conservation of nature and of rural ways of life. The Description itself presents travel to the Lake District 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 thence into a discussion of the effects of settlement on 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 by which he insists natural beauty be judged. A single, foldout map is included with the text. The SFU LDC copy is in excellent condition, bound in blue cloth and wrapped in a white paper jacket.

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Plate Count 0
Map Count 1
Illustrations None
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Binding Colour Cobalt blue
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