Wainwright in the Valleys of Lakeland - Alfred WainwrightLondon: Michael Joseph, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Contains: Colour photographs; Maps; Colour frontispiece; Title page vignette;
From the cover: “A. Wainwright finished this, his last book, shortly before he died in January 1991. In the introduction, which was found in his typewriter after his death, he took the opportunity to say goodbye and to exhort the reader to ‘avoid accidents and always to watch where you are putting your feet; to be kind to animals and respect their dignity; and to stop griping and to count your blessings every night’.
As his eyesight failed and the world lost its detail, Wainwright counted his own blessings and, when writing about the valleys of Lakeland, relied on his memories of the landscape he loved so well. This final book, therefore, is full of personal reminiscences of happy explorations in the days when Lakeland had fewer visitors.
Wainwright travels through forty-two principal valleys and their side valleys. He explores the best-known and most beautiful, including Patterdale — his very vision of heaven — Borrowdale and Langdale, as well as the lesser-known or more remote valleys, such as the Cartmel Valley and Bannerdale. Throughout he finds a quiet, transcendent joy in the wonders of nature, but occasionally laments what he perceives as man’s negative effect on the landscape. With his intimate knowledge of the area and its history, Wainwright evokes the dignity, charm and elegance of its distinctive valleys in this book, the culmination of a love affair with Lakeland that lasted over fifty years.”