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GILPIN, William.

Observations on Several Parts of Great Britain Particularly the Highlands of Scotland, Relative Chiefly To Picturesque Beauty.

Made in the Year 1776. The Third Edition.

London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1808 Stock Code: 143508
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An attractively bound copy of the third edition, originally published in 1789. This was one of Gilpin's many enormously popular books on the picturesque; the text lively and informative, accompanied by vivid notes on the region, and illustrated with some lovely aquatints of Gilpin's sketches of mountain and lake scenery.

"The very rich could create picturesque landscapes on their estates. The less wealthy had to content themselves with visiting sites of great natural beauty. Wilder regions of the British countryside such as the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands and Snowdonia in Wales had for centuries been reviled as bleak and barren by travellers and commentators. They now received a steadily escalating influx of tourists, inspired by figures like the Reverend William Gilpin, who from the 1780s published a series of picturesque guides to different parts of Britain" (British Library, "The Picturesque at Home and Abroad", retrieved 25 November 2020).

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2 volumes bound as 1, octavo. Mid-19th century green half hard-grain morocco, spine lettered in gilt with raised bands and elaborately tooled compartments, sides and corners trimmed with paired gilt fillets, Gloster pattern marbled sides and endpapers, top edge gilt.


35 aquatints, 3 plans.


Boards a little scuffed, ownership signature to the verso of the front endpaper, minor foxing and small ink spot to the fore edge of the rear few pages. An excellent copy.


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