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FIELDING, Theodore Henry.
Walton, J.
A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes, Containing a Description of the Most Romantic Scenery of Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Lancashire, with Accounts of Ancient and Modern Manners and Customs, and Elucidation of the History and Antiquities

The text and beautiful design and illustrations indicate that this was a book for dedicated tourists wanting to plan informed tours of the area. Fielding and Walton spent two years in the Lake District making drawings and collecting information and ‘extracts from admired poets’ to produce their magnificent work.

London: William Clowes for R. Ackermann, 1821.
Tooley 219; Abbey Scenery 192; Bobins II 644; Prideaux p 336.
London: William Clowes for R. Ackermann, 1821.

Large Paper Copy. 4to. 340mm x 275mm (13" x 11"). pp. viii 288. Fine hand-coloured aquatint title vignette and 48 hand-coloured plates after drawings by Fielding and Walton. Later morocco rebacked spine gilt in 5 compartments, contemporary slightly scuffed boards plain endpapers. Slight text offsetting onto some plates (as usual). A large paper copy of which only 100 were published [Tooley 219]. Excellent condition. This wonderful work was completed following a two-year tour by Fielding & Walton in the English Lake District. The volume describes aspects of life in the area, the unique scenery, history, antiquities, habits, and customs of the local people. The plates are dated between May 1820 and April 1821 and depict typical Lake District views and scenes, including Rydal Water, Coniston, Keswick, Windermere, Ambleside, Penrith, and Cockermouth. In his introduction, Ackermann gives a summary of his intentions in this work, "to unite the most striking features of the various kinds of scenery of the lakes, executed by the artists in a style worthy of the subject with a description of all that is interesting and remarkable in the nature and appearance of the country...combining a judicious selection from the labours of former writers...with much new and original information" (Abbey). This work was the product of Messrs Walton & Fielding during a two-year residence among the lakes. Coloured plates in order: 1. Saddleback & St. John's Vale. (Untitled vignette on title page) 2. Purple Tarn, top of Saddleback. 3. North West View of Furness Abbey. 4. Coniston Water. 5. Copper Mill, Coniston Fell. 6. Yewdale Crags. 7. Esthwaite Water. 8. Ferry on Windermere. 9. Station on Windermere. 10. Windermere from above Trout-beck. 11. Low Wood Inn. 12. Windermere from Trout-beck Lane, with Langdale Pikes. 13. Windermere Head. 14. Ambleside. 15. Stockgill Force. 16. Skelwith Force. 17. Stickle Tarn near the top of Langdale Pikes. 18. Rydal Water. 19. Rydal Water, from White Moss. 20. Grasmere Church & Helm Crag. 21. Grasmere. 22. Wyburn Water & Helvellyn. 23. Keswick Lake. 24. Lowdore Fall. 25. Keswick. 26. Sty Head Tarn, top of Sty Head. 27. Sty Head. 28. Wast Water. 29. Calder Abbey. 30. Ennerdale Water. 31. Lowes Water. 32. Cromack Water 33. Scale Force. 34. Buttermere. 35. Cockermouth Castle. 36. Bassenthwaite Lake. 37. Skiddaw, from the head of Lowdore Fall. 38. Cottages in St. John's Vale. 39. Penrith Castle. 40. Brougham Castle 41. Haws Water. 42. Ullswater, from Stybarrow Crag. 43. Grisedale Pike. 44. Patterdale Church, Ullswater Head. 45. Deepdale. 46. Broader Water. 47. Kirkstone Spring. 48. Kirkstone Pass.