The Lake District—famous for its association with the Romantic poets—became a very popular destination for travellers towards the end of the eighteenth century, part of a growing trend of making picturesque tours during which nature was viewed with an emphasis on its spiritual qualities. During this period a variety of tourist guides, including Wordsworth’s successful Guide to the Lakes, were published.
This is the very first collection of such travel guides to the Lake District and eight important titles are reprinted here in a facsimile edition. Together with many pictures and maps (some in colour) they represent vividly how the Lakes were perceived by contemporary English visitors. The collection will be welcomed as an important primary source for the study of English literature and history for the period spanning the end of the eighteenth to the early nineteenth century.
An Excursion to the Lakes, in Westmoreland and Cumberland, August 1773.
1st Edition, 1774. 193 pp.
A Guide to the Lakes.
1st Edition, 1778. 204 pp.
A Fortnight’s Ramble to the Lakes in Westmoreland, Lancashire and Cumberland.
1st Edition, 1792. xxvii, 267 pp.
A Topographical Description of Cumberland, Westmoreland, Lancashire.
1st Edition, 1800. xii, 536 pp.
VolumeS 4 and 5
The Tourist’s New Guide, containing a description of the lakes, mountains, and scenery, in Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Lancashire,…being the result of observations made during a residence of eighteen years in Ambleside and Keswick.
1st Edition, 1819. xi,vii, 463 pp. / x, 507 pp
Wilkinson, Joseph and William Wordsworth.
Select Views in Cumberland, Westmoreland and Lancashire.
1st Edition, 1810. xxxiv, 46 pp. plus 48 plates.
A Concise Description of the English Lakes, the mountains in their vicinity, and the roads by which they may be visited; with remarks on the mineralogy and geology of the district.
2nd Edition, 1825. 141 pp.
A Companion to the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmoreland and Lancashire; in a descriptive account of a family tour, and an excursion on horseback…with a new, copious, and correct itinerary.
2nd Edition, 1830. vii, 312 pp.