Cobbett, William (1763-1835) Rural Rides. London: by Cobbett, [R. Bensley, printer, Andover], 1830. First edition in book form, thick 12mo, with engraved map at page 355, contemporary signature of Simon Birch on title, bound in publisher's gray paper boards with textured green cloth spine, worn, some leaves coming loose, with twelve pages of publisher's ads after the text, 7 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.
"My object was not to see inns and turnpike-roads, but to see the country; to see the farmers at home, and to see the labourers in the fields; to do this you must go either on foot or on horse-back. With a gig you cannot get about amongst bye-lanes and across fields, through bridle-ways and hunting-gates; and to tramp it is too slow, leaving the labour out of the question, and that is not a trifle." Cobbett made his way across fifteen English counties, making journalistic observations of his experiences in the countryside.
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