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Post by eggs4ears » January 4th, 2020, 3:56 pm

A Guide to the Lakes by Thomas West (1720 - 1779).


In the late eighteenth century, English writers discovered the landscape, not only in the paintings of Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin and Salvator Rosa, but also as a place to be visited and viewed as if it were a picture. No part of England was more discovered in this period than the Lake District, which was transformed over the course of the next century from a remote region of farmland and inaccessible hills into a wild and romantic landscape of picturesque lake and mountain, described in works such as Thomas West’s A guide to the Lakes (1778). West’s predecessors – Thomas Gray, Arthur Young, Thomas Pennant and William Hutchinson –had merely passed through the Lakes. West, a resident of the Lakes, took the reader on a tour of the district as a whole, visiting all the lakes, with the sole exception of Wastwater. A devotee of the Claude glass – a convex, tinted mirror in which the landscape appears as it might in a painting by Lorrain – West follows and improves upon Gray’s technique of identifying ‘stations’ from which the landscape would appear at its most picturesque. West’s guide remains something of a hybrid, however, with its lengthy antiquarian descriptions of the surrounding towns of Lancaster, Penrith and Kendal. (Phil Benson)
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Post by eggs4ears » January 4th, 2020, 3:58 pm

All chapters ready to upload - Annise will MC and Newgatenovelist will DPL. Some notes for PL in the following message.

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Post by eggs4ears » January 4th, 2020, 4:11 pm

Hi Erin, This one is a bit tricky because of the number of printing errors and alternative spellings of personal and place names. Some notes...

Pages 3-4 are missing from the IA scan and I have read them from the second edition - https://archive.org/details/guidetolakesincu00west/page/4

There is a list of errata at the end of the book and they may account for some differences with the text. I’ve tended to read place names as they are written, but sometimes used the modern name if the difference is small.

Chapter 2. 17:58 Hesham Point is probably and error for Heysham Point, but there are one or two other places around that area called Hesham, so I have left it as is.

Chapter 5. 9:45 Cachidecam. I’ve no idea how to pronounce this but the modern name is Catstye Cam, so I’ve done something similar to that.

Chapter 6. 10:45 – ‘All Borrowdale…’ The omission here is a deletion from the errata

Chapter 6 p.117 l. 21 vegetating for variegating - I missed this one and will add it in after PL

Chapter 13 - He seems to have got into a muddle over Strickland and Stirckland. There is one erratum that doesn't really account for all the uses. They are both valid versions of the same name and I guess it changed from Stirkland to Strickland over the generations. I assume they are pronounced differently, as well as spelled differently, so I have used both but tried to be consistent so that each generation has the same pronunciation.

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Post by annise » January 4th, 2020, 5:07 pm

All set up I think - have fun :D

Anne

it would be better to have the text link to the beginning?

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Post by eggs4ears » January 4th, 2020, 9:47 pm

Changed. Thanks for noticing that!
annise wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 5:07 pm
it would be better to have the text link to the beginning?


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Post by Peter Why » January 5th, 2020, 3:43 pm

eggs4ears,
Your project drew my eye, as I'm going up to the Lake District at least twice this year.

However, to my eyes, all your sound files have the same name, which means that the last one uploaded will be the only accessible one, as it will have displaced all the preceding files (they're relabelled internally, rather than being overwritten). You'll need to change the section/chapter number for each one and re-upload so they can be PL's and processed separately.

Peter
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Post by eggs4ears » January 5th, 2020, 8:18 pm

Thanks for pointing that out, Peter, I have corrected the mistake! The files are okay and correctly numbered in the MW - it was just a mistake in the forum message.

I'd be interested to know if this guide book still 'works'. I suspect that it most of it will. But, of course, in those days nobody walked in the Lakes, so most of the viewpoints are probably from roads. A year or so ago I recorded a similar guide, following it around the Lakes and recording 'on site'. It also followed the roads, which was convenient as it was a snowy Easter!

https://librivox.org/excursion-lakes-westmoreland-cumberland-by-william-hutchinson/
Peter Why wrote:
January 5th, 2020, 3:43 pm
eggs4ears,
Your project drew my eye, as I'm going up to the Lake District at least twice this year.

However, to my eyes, all your sound files have the same name, which means that the last one uploaded will be the only accessible one, as it will have displaced all the preceding files (they're relabelled internally, rather than being overwritten). You'll need to change the section/chapter number for each one and re-upload so they can be PL's and processed separately.

Peter

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Post by Newgatenovelist » January 6th, 2020, 9:51 am

Checking in! This looks good. I'm keen to hear what this particular author had to say.

Peter, I'm biased but the book Phil linked to is worth listening to.

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Post by Newgatenovelist » January 12th, 2020, 12:50 pm

Section 1 is PL OK. I know you said this project has a few tricky bits to it, but that's one already out of the way, without even breaking a sweat!

By the way, the cover of this book is glorious.

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Post by eggs4ears » January 12th, 2020, 3:32 pm

Newgatenovelist wrote:
January 12th, 2020, 12:50 pm
By the way, the cover of this book is glorious.
Yes, I wonder if it was the original or added later?

Incidentally, you may know of this already, but just in case.... The book is part of Cornell's 'Wordsworth Collection' on Internet Archive. It is a bit of odd collection - and not that much by or about Wordsworth in it - but there is some interesting stuff to browse.

https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Wordsworth+Collection%22

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Post by Newgatenovelist » January 13th, 2020, 10:04 am

I forgot to say with the last section that it's good the process of viewing the scenery through a mirror is described so thoroughly. If some listeners come to this book for the region but haven't had their noses in 18th-century history recently, that will be less perplexing now!

I didn't know about the Wordsworth Collection, though that is interesting. It doesn't have to be big, just full of cool stuff, and it looks like this possesses that quality!

Notes for section 2:

30.41-30.44, p. 40 middle para
…through which a hasty brook rolls its murmuring stream [heard steam]…

32.13-32.23, bottom third p. 41, self-correction
In the middle space lies a procumbent figure of a man in armour, cross legged, in the place- cross legged, in the place where the first barons of Kendal lie interred.

36.27-36.30, bottom third p. 44, false start
…across this- across this expanse of sea…

36.32-36.35, bottom third p. 44, omission
…and Lancaster town and cas[tle is perceived] in a fine point…

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Post by Newgatenovelist » January 14th, 2020, 2:24 pm

One note for section 3:

6.56-6.59, first half first para, p. 54
…appear now awful from their sable [heard fable] hue…

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Post by Newgatenovelist » January 15th, 2020, 3:18 pm

A couple of short notes for section 4. I thought some of these descriptions were so enraptured that it really did sound like Blake's England's green and pleasant land, but then came the description of how some of it had been spoiled through landscaping. I guess the grass is always greener in the generation before your own!

2.37-2.44, bottom p. 60, repetition
…give a sable hue to that part of the lake. give a sable hue to that part of the lake.

6.18, first sentence last para p. 63, omission
…speaks in rapture, [and Mr. Pennant has done it much honour by his description.] But alas! it is no more to be seen…

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Post by Newgatenovelist » January 16th, 2020, 8:41 am

Section 5 is PL OK. I'm looking forward to hearing about the 'druid temple'!

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