This book, originally published in 1786, was sufficiently popular to run into at least 3 editions, and was one of many books by this author, who travelled extensively in the summer holidays and applied his "principles of picturesque beauty" to the landscapes he saw, committing his thoughts and spontaneous sketches to notebooks.
William Gilpin (1724-1804) was an English artist, Anglican cleric, schoolmaster and author, best known as one of the originators of the idea of the "picturesque". An accomplished watercolourist, he was able to illustrate his books with delightful paintings, enhancing the general accessibility of the volumes.
Our book, a third edition copy from 1808, is in good condition internally, but not a beauty on the outside. It may be in the original publisher's binding, with dull grey boards, stained and shelfworn, and having part of its spine covering missing, revealing an internal layer of what appears to be newspaper. A (worn and dirty) pasted label on the spine identifies the book and author. The roughcut page edges are all very dirty, and the endpapers are a little foxed - but internally, the text is generally clean and bright, the binding firm, and the illustrations all present. There is some light foxing throughout. An interesting book, in reasonable condition for its age.