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WITH A COPIOUS ITINERARY;
A MAP, AND FOUR CHARTS OF THE LAKE DISTRICT;
The publishers are aware that Tourists have little disposition to encounter the tediousness of a Preface. A few words shall therefore suffice to explain the plan of the present work.
Correct topographical description is unquestionably the most important feature of a GuideBook. The publishers have therefore used their best efforts to secure this advantage for the present work, not only by employing in its compilation a gentleman thoroughly conversant with the district, but by submitting the sheets, as they passed through the press, to the revision of various other individuals, resident in the several localities described.
The illustrated Itinerary, at the end of the volume, which comprehends all the Routes generally adopted by Tourists, is a feature as novel as it is useful in a Lake-Guide. Not only are the distances minutely stated, but the objects of interest, on either side of the road, are pointed out and briefly described. A Copious Index affords the means of immediate reference to any other page of the work, where may be found a more detailed description of the several objects than can be included within the narrow columns of the Itinerary
The Lake-District is not peculiarly rich in antiquarian or traditionary lore. It will be found, however, that the following pages contain more matter of this description than is generally embraced in works of a similar nature.
The Literary Associations of the district, which in contemporary Guide-Books have scarcely been adverted to have in the following pages received particular notice, numerous quotations from the works of the Lake Poets, as well as from some of the more distinguished prose writers, being interspersed with the descriptive parts of the text.
Of the external appearance of the book, the publishers will only observe, that in paper, printing, and embellishment, it has been their endeavour to render it as attractive as they hope it will be useful.