London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1886. First edition. Large 8vo, original pictorial olive-green cloth, xviii, 404 pages. Frontis, 17 plates. Partially unopened. A trifle rubbed and lightly soiled; a very good copy. Item #18570
“Railways have killed road travel, and the present generation little knows its loss. England—rural England, that is—away from busy towns, railways, and tourist-haunted regions, where big hotels abound, and where enterprise has done its best to mar its original unaffected beauty, is indeed a very pleasant land, one surely as well worth exploring as the everlasting Continent.” Detailed, picturesque travel through the countryside of England and something of an attempt to capture the disappearing beauties of rural England for which the author was even in 1886 waxing nostalgic. Small, neat contemporary gift inscription in ink at the head of the title page. Later bookplate on the front paste-down.