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An excursion to the Lakes, in Westmoreland and Cumberland, August 1773
London: J. Wilkie and W. Goldsmith. 1774. 8vo., (2) + 193 + (1)pp., with an engraved vignette of Bowes Castle on title-page, slight foxing on first few and final few leaves, contemporary half calf over marbled boards, corners worn, neatly rebacked reusing original label and spine. A very good copy with the contemporary armorial bookplate of Sir Ashton Lever* on front pastedown and the early ownership signature of Penelope Mosley.> First edition: uncommon. Bicknell 6. Only a later edition in Anderson. William Hutchinson (1732-1814), of Barnard Castle, lawyer, topographer, antiquary (F.S.A.) and historian, also wrote county histories of Durham and Cumberland. His excursion to the Lake District in August 1773 was made with his brother, Richard. Their itinerary included Ullswater, Vale of St. John, Keswick, Skiddaw, Thirlmere, Grasmere, Windermere and Kendal. 'The book includes a generous amount of rich picturesque description, and lively accounts of unusual incidents. ..... He wrote with a verve and imagination rare in the Lake District prose of the period'. [Bicknell, The picturesque scenery of the Lake District,> pp.27 and 4]. * Sir Ashton Lever (1729-1788) of Alkington Hall near Manchester, was an enthusiastic natural history collector. His collection was eventually put on public display in Leicester Square, London, where it occupied some sixteen rooms.
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