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RAMBLES IN THE LAKE COUNTRY AND ITS BORDERS Edwin Waugh 1861 1st ed Very Good
By Waugh, Edwin
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London, 1861, 1st edition. 267 pp. Original cloth hardcover with marbled boards and gilt lettering on spine. Former owners' names neatly inscribed on FEP. Has some notations in margins and underlining in pencil. Very Good condition.

A poetically-written guide to Britain's Lake Country and the nearby seacoast, as well as Norbreck and Silverdale. With tipped-in 1892 newspaper clipping of the obituary of the last surviving great-grandson of Rev. Robert Walker, immortalized by Wordsworth as the "Wonderful Walker."

Excerpt from the third section: Seaside Lakes and Mountains of Cumberland. Chapter the First:

"Here, rivers in the sea are lost;
There, mountains to the skies are tost;
Here, tumbling billows mark the coast
With surging foam."
                             - Burns.

"Of all our English lake scenery no part is less known than that which skirts the sea, from the ruins of Peel in Furness, to Whitehaven in Cumberland; and there is none which less deserves neglect. Shut out on the east by England's wildest mountains, and on the west by the Irish Channel, this region was, till lately, more difficult of approach than any other quarter of that picturesque Land. Tourists have made fitful trips to its retired lakes and glens, but have seldom wandered far there, or remained long enough to drink in the spirit of its varied scenery. Taking the beaten track of imitative sight-seers, they have climbed out of Borrowdale into Buttermere; and after eating char at the 'Fish,' and talking over the legend of the vale, they have gone in a boat across Crummock Water, to look at Scale Force the lady of English waterfalls.

They have followed mountain guides over craggy wildernesses down to the lone hamlet at Wastdale Head; from whence they have, perhaps, ascended Scawfell. The mountain tops have shewn green valleys winding to westward, lighted here and there by the glimmer of a clear river's sweet meander, with the blue sea heaving beyond; but, after a hasty glance at some of the great features mentioned in guide-books, they have generally turned again to more familiar haunts of tourist life, content to believe that what they were leaving unexplored must be uninteresting, because comparatively little known. But he who wanders lovingly in that cabinet land between the mountains and the main, will find it full of natural variety, from the wildest mountain sublimity to soft pastoral vales whose beauty melts into the sea."


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