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COBBETT, William.

Rural Rides in the Counties of Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Somersetshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Hertfordshire:

With Economical and Political Observations relative to matters applicable to, and illustrated by, the State of those Counties respectively.

London: William Cobbett, 1830 Stock Code: 124549
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First edition in book form of this masterpiece of description and political journalism, deservedly the best known of Cobbett's works. The Rural Rides were originally a series of letters which began in the Political Register, the weekly periodical Cobbett established in 1802 and conducted until his death in 1835. Cobbett wanted to maintain Britain's original state of agrarian equilibrium and his influence was wide: he "offered no plan, but owed his popularity to his stinging pen and trenchant criticism. He was an ardent agrarian reformer, a burning opponent of industrialism, a keen social critic and a writer of the best prose in the English language" (see Gregg, A Social and Economic history of Britain, p. 281).

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Duodecimo (181 x 112 mm). Original green cloth-backed grey boards, printed paper label.


Engraved map, 12 pages of publisher's advertisements at rear.


Spine ends slightly bumped, a few patches of abrasion to covers, binding a little tight, some light foxing and occasional small blemishes to contents. An excellent copy.


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