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GILPIN, William M. A.
Observations, relative chiefly to picturesque beauty, made in the year 1772, on several parts of England; particularly the mountains, and lakes of Cumberland, and Westmoreland.
London: R. Blamire, 1792. THIRD EDITION. With 30 aquatint plates. Contemporary tree calf with gilt border, gilt spine re-backed in later calf, marbled endpapers; a good, clean copy. Third edition of this significant work by Gilpin that considerably influenced the development of the concept of "picturesque moment." This travelogue and observations on the beauty of the Scottish landscape, particularly in Cumberland and Westmoreland, was written fifteen years prior to the publication of the first edition in 1789. The two volume set is part of a larger collection of Gilpin's travel journals and sketches of the British landscape. Gilpin shows his talent for picturesque description in words, paying particular attention to British ruins and thus establishing a romantic appreciation for such British landmarks such as Scaleby Castle. "With this work, and the others in his Observations series, he successfully laid the initial ground work for aesthetic perception for the next generation of picturesque artists and writers" (DAH). The aquatint plates, by Joseph Farrington, heighten the importance of this work in the beginnings of the picturesque movement: "Indeed Mr. Farrington's prints render any other portraits of the lakes unnecessary. They are by far, in the author's opinion, the most accurate, and beautiful views of that romantic country, which he hath seen" (preface, p. xxvii). Gilpin (1724-1804), a clergyman, writer, and artist, was one of the founding fathers of the concept of the "picturesque" which first appeared in his renowned Essay on prints. As the headmaster of Cheam in S … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts [California, United States]

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