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Travelling on horseback through southern England in the early 19th century, William Cobbett provides evocative and accurate descriptions of the ...Show synopsisTravelling on horseback through southern England in the early 19th century, William Cobbett provides evocative and accurate descriptions of the countryside, colourful accounts of his encounters with labourers, and indignant outbursts at the encroaching cities and the sufferings of the exploited poor. Ian Dyck's new edition places these lively accounts of rural life in the context of Cobbett's political and social beliefs and reveals the volume as his platform for rural radical reform.Hide synopsis
Description:12mo From the title page: "In the counties of Surrey, Kent,...12mo From the title page: "In the counties of Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hants, Berks, Oxford, Bucks, Wilks, Somerset, Gloucester, Hereford, Salop, Worcester, Stafford, Leicester, Hertford, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge, Huntington, Nottingham, Lincoln, York, Lancaster, Durham, and Northumberland during the years 1821 to 1832 with economical and political oberservations...a new editon with notes by Pitt Cobbett". xlviii, 406, and 409 pages, printed on laid paper, green cloth binding with gilt titles and decoration, b/w frontispiece in volume 1, printed booksellers ticket on front pastedown, reading: "H. M. Gilbert & Son...Southampton", hinges cracked, binding bright, first 2 leaves of each volume lightly foxed. -Matthews: British Diaries an Annotated Bibliography, page 200: "Public diary, 1821-1835, written daily, travels through English countryside, daily experiences and radical political opinions, a vivid and opinionated record, valuable for social scene, scenery, and reflection of contemporary radicalism".
Description:Fair. No Dust Jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Complete 2...Fair. No Dust Jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Complete 2 volume set. Ex-Library (not circulated). Text clean. Small stamp on front free endpage. Tape on spine end. Binding is broken in several places, but all pages are attached. Stamp on edges of text-block. Boards bumped and worn at corners, edges and spine ends. Some pages loose but laid in. Quantity Available: 1. Inventory No: 129865.
Description:Despatched from UK within 24hrs. Hardback, no D/J. USED, BUT IN...Despatched from UK within 24hrs. Hardback, no D/J. USED, BUT IN GOOD CONDITION. New edition, with notes. Made up set. Vol I 1885, II 1893. Original green cloth, II very faded on spine, boards more darkened, front hinge cracked. Both mildly foxed, II on laid paper more so, and has some sidelining. Previous owners' inscriptions, II in pencil. Brown endpapers differ in colour. Still a good set.
Description:Near Fine. No Jacket. 8vo-over 5¾"-7¾" Tall. This is a Near Fine...Near Fine. No Jacket. 8vo-over 5¾"-7¾" Tall. This is a Near Fine Two Volume Set in Publisher's original green cloth with gilt title lettering to spines and upper covers. No Dust-Jacket. This set have NO previous owner's names or inscriptions present. The books have firm bindings with NO hinge weakness and there is NO leaning or rolling to spines. Lovely bright clean copies that were acquired from a very impressive private collection of 20th Century Literature and Fiction. Vol 1 (xlviii), 8vo 406pp Vol 2 409pp New Edition with notes by Pitt Cobbett.
Description:With Economical and Political Observations relative to matters...With Economical and Political Observations relative to matters applicable to, and illustrated by, the State of those Counties respectively. Octavo (186 × 110 mm). Original grey boards, sympathetically rebacked in cloth, printed paper spine label. Boards lightly rubbed, inner hinges strengthened. A very nice copy. First edition of this masterpiece of description and political journalism, deservedly the best known of Cobbett's works. The Rural Rides were originally a series of letters which began in the Political Register, the weekly periodical Cobbett established in 1802 and conducted until his death in 1835. Cobbett wanted to maintain Britain's original state of agrarian equilibrium and his influence was wide: "[he] offered no plan, but owed his popularity to his stinging pen and trenchant criticism. He was an ardent agrarian reformer, a burning opponent of industrialism, a keen social critic and a writer of the best prose in the English language" (see Gregg, A Social and Economic history of Britain, p. 281). Goldsmiths' 26974; Kress C.2480; Pearl ; PMM 294.
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