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Crosthwaite's Lakes

Crosthwaite, Peter

Maps of the Lakes Peter Crosthwaite, Keswick 1809


Seven maps of the Lake District, without title or text or text as "frequently sold" (Bicknell). Contemporary quarter roan and marbled paper over boards (with the marbling done over the top of a printed page, seemingly some sort of legal text), title label to spine. Spine ends chipped with loss, joints slightly split but holding well, spine label chipped, internally some light browning and offsetting, some creasing where poorly folded, tiny hole to first map, otherwise clean. Previous owner's armorial bookplate to front pastedown (Fitzherbert of Swynnerton Park), which is foxed. The seven maps are of Lakes Derwent, Broadwater or Bassenthwaite, Buttermere, Crummock and Lowes-Water, Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater and Pocklington's Island. First published in 1783, with other editions in 1788, 1794, 1800 and 1819, the same plates re-used each time, with additional information added to the plates for later issues. Crosthwaite opened a museum in Keswick and "devoted his considerable energies to exploiting the craze for travel to the Lakes in search of the picturesque, thus helping to create what he called 'this tourist business'" (Bicknell).


Bicknell 17




Quarter Roan and Boards



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