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Steade, Charles

A tour to the Highlands of Scotland, & the Isle of Staffa, with a short description of the lakes of Windermere & Derwentwater.

Great Britain, 1819.
Physical Description:
1 v. ([5], 214, [4] p., [40] leaves of plates, [2] folded) : ill. ; 24 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process DA865 .S74 1820
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Archives & Manuscripts
Selected exhibitions: "Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London" (Yale Center for British Art, January 23-March 30, 2003)
Pen and brown ink; watercolor illustrations chiefly in black ink with sepia wash.
Gilt tooled black morocco binding with orange and white marbled paper end-papers; text block edges gilded; partially rebacked.
Plates signed by Charles Stead. A journal of a journey through Scotland going north by way of York, Durham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Alnwick and Morpeth to cross the border at Berwick and thence by way of Dunbar to Edinburgh. The description of Edinburgh is detailed, including comments on the unsanitary conditions of the Old Town, where the writer was "eye witness to a number of tubs and old barrels full of ordure being brought down the staircases and thrown into the streets". There are also accounts of Holyrood House and Edinburgh Castle; the latter "affords few remains of former splendour" and "seems hardly capable of resisting a powerful army". Also of particular interest is the account of Edinburgh University. Also included are the prices charged for various items in the city market. Here the writer breaks off to describe an earlier "tour through part of the Highlands, and to one or two of ye Hebrides, which I visited in company with my friend Mr. Canner, in the year 1809". They travelled north from Edinburgh to Perth and then west into Argyll. From here, a boat trip was taken to the Isles of Mull, Ulva, and Staffa, where there is a description of Fingal's Cave. After returning to the mainland, the writer proceeded south by way of Loch Lomond to Glasgow. After a description of Glasgow, the writer returns to the more recent tour, which took them from Edinburgh to Stirling and then to Glasgow. On the way from Glasgow to Carlisle, a visit was paid to the Robert Burns' Mausoleum at Dumfries. From Carlisle, the writer went on to the Lake District where the journal ends. As well as the description of the places visited, there is also much information of a more sociological nature, including sections on "Religious habits of the Highlanders", "Sheep farms", "Highlanders, & their habitations", "Highland breakfasts" and "Herring fishery". There are numerous full-page illustrations, some dated 1819, others dated 1809 and presumably made during the earlier tour. With a preliminary table of contents. At the end of the volume there is a glossary of "Scotticisms" and directions to the binder regarding the positioning of the illustrations.
Subject Terms:
Argyll and Bute (Scotland) -- Description and travel.
Derwent Water (England) -- Description and travel.
Edinburgh (Scotland) -- Description and travel.
Edinburgh Castle (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Fingal's Cave (Scotland) -- Description and travel.
Glasgow (Scotland) -- Description and travel.
Great Britain -- Description and travel.
Lake District (England) -- Description and travel.
Lomond, Loch (Scotland) -- Description and travel.
Palace of Holyroodhouse (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Scotland -- Description and travel.
Scotland -- Economic conditions -- 19th century.
Scotland -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
University of Edinburgh.
Windermere (England) -- Description and travel.

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