For the second installment of our Featured Books series, we’re highlighting a beautiful collection of engravings and descriptions of the various lakes of Scotland by the artist and illustrator, John M. Leighton, Esq, and by the philosopher Professor John Wilson of Edinburgh University.
John Wilson was a Scottish philosopher, literary critic, and advocate who was professor Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University between 1820 and 1851. Common to the lifestyle of participants in what is sometimes called the Scottish Enlightenment, John Wilson walked Scotland’s lakes, forests, glens, and rivers.
Each of the lakes featured here is accompanied by a beautiful engraving from a painting by John. M. Leighton, and a description of the lake’s beauty and importance is provided by Wilson. There is also a lengthy introductory essay by the professor, titled “The Scenery of the Highlands” which features Scottish poetry and poetic renderings of the landscape into prose. This is an archetypal example of some of the literature and philosophy coming out of the Scottish Enlightenment.
lii pp. Bound with pages 105-223 only. Printed at the University Press – Glasgow. 1836. Blue marbled paper boards and matching end papers front and back. Gilt top edge. Illustrated with 25 full page engravings which have light foxing mainly to margins. Spine has five thistle flower clusters between each raised band/rib. Book is tight. Exterior spine joints worn but have not failed. Odd that it was bound incomplete.
Title: Swan’s Views of The Lakes of Scotland a …
Publisher: Joseph Swan, Engraver, Glasgow
Publication Date: 1836
Binding: Half Dark Blue Leather
Illustrator: Joseph Swan
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: Second Edition