Scenes of Wonder in Many Lands: Being a Descriptive Account of Remarkable Rapids, Cascades, Waterfalls, Natural Bridges, etc, etc
No author: preface by “J W”
T Nelson and Sons, London, 1882.
Hardback; 120 x 170 mm; blue boards with titles on gold background on spine, with pictorials on spine and front cover, with titles in black on front cover, and device on back cover; vi & 120 pages with 8 unpaginated leaves of advertisements. No dust jacket.
The book is in fair condition. The binding is generally sound. The covers and spine are grubby and marked, with bumping to both ends of the spine and some wear along the edges. The endpapers are tanned. The front paste-down endpaper has a small pencil annotation. The recto of the front free endpaper has a small stationers stamp (Frome) and is annotated in ink: “To Adelaide Chapman a Prize for Cleanliness Class III (summer quarter) Fred W Harvey”. There are a few smudges and marks here and there, and small chips on the fore edge at page 113/114.
The preface states: “The scenes described and illustrated in this little volume are all possessed of peculiarly interesting, not to say striking, and even imposing features...If these sketches serve, in any degree, to introduce the places concerned and their related associations to the affections of the young readers for whom they are designed, the writer’s labour will not be in vain.”
The scenes described include well known areas such as the Sahara and Mount Everest, here called Gaurisankar, and the less well known such as the Falls of Trolhetta and the Petrified Cascade of Pambuk-Kalessi. The book’s appeal lies in the picture it presents of how such wonders were thought of in the latter half of the 19th century.