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A modern edition of West’s 1778
Guide to the Lakes,
edited by
Gerard M-F Hill
Unspoilt. Unvisited. Until Thomas West wrote his guidebook, the Lake District was unknown and unloved. No poets came, no tourists toured and the average nymph or shepherd saw nothing worth a second look. Yet, before Wordsworth was even born, one man was showing people the beauty of this wilderness – through a camera, too.
...In this edition, photographs match the original views and ‘viewing stations’. West sketches the scene and highlights the special features; a scholarly introduction and notes fill in the background. Suitable for ‘the curious of all ranks’, this is the guidebook that began it all. Use it to look at the Lakes with fresh eyes.
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