As far as I can work out, this copy was published in 1911.
There’s a dozen plates of softly coloured watercolour paintings, and a square detail from one painting pasted to the front cover.
Chapters are named for parts of the district; Windermere and Coniston, and Rydal and Grasmere are just two chapters.
It’s not a thick book; there’s only about 60 pages of text. As usual with books this age, the plates are separate and not numbered, so they add another twelve leaves, in a smoother, denser paper and only printed on one side.
“Here were a people, ranging as individuals from peasant to yeoman, to put it roughly; four hundred square miles, say, of freehold farmers, who have never known a landlord since the Crown in the sixteenth century held them as tenants on Border service; a complete democracy among themselves, into whose lives the influence of an aristocracy, as exerted everywhere else without exception in Great Britain, never entered.”
I didn’t think you could stack semi colons like that, but the whole book is written like this.
Once I got my head round it, I was fine and enjoyed it.
I was given this book by a woman I did some work for; it was by her front door, ready to go to the charity shop. She must have spotted me as "A Reader".
Much of the information here will be long outdated, but the book is a lovely thing; I’ll be keeping it.
The English Lakes Described by A.G. Bradley, pictured by Ernest Hazlehurst.