A Second Lakeland Sketchbook

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A Second Lakeland Sketchbook was published in November 1970. Wainwright was well into his retirement but showed no signs of slowing down. He was working nine hours a day, seven days a week on his drawing books. Wainwright married Betty this year, who acted as his personal chauffeur for many of his book projects. Life was good.

Andrew Nichol, the General Printing and Book Publishing Manager at the Westmorland Gazette, once asked Wainwright how long it took him to complete a drawing. Wainwright puffed on his pipe and replied, “About an hour, maybe two if there was lots of detail.” Andrew was astonished.

Throughout this decade Wainwright would go on to produce over 20 books, including a title that many readers consider to be his masterpiece.

Front of the original order Form.
Rear of the original order Form.

First Edition is identified by:

  1. Red cloth case with gold blocking
  2. £1.05 21/- price on the dust jacket
  3. A Third Lakeland Sketchbook & Walks on the Howgill Fells listed as – In preparation
‘In preparation’ helps identify a First Edition.
A Second Lakeland Sketchbook First Edition without the Dust Jacket
A red clothbound case on its own does not necessarily identify a First Edition.
A Second Lakeland Sketchbook First Edition 21 Shillings
A First Edition price.

The second print is physically identical to the First Edition in every way, including the In Preparation page. The only way you can tell them apart is the the dust jacket price.

Could these two differently priced sketchbooks be from the same print run?
Signed First Edition.
Review copies were sent out to the press before publication.
The first review by Mr. Brayshay, News Editor of the Evening Dispatch.
A Second Lakeland Sketchbook First Edition Gold Blocking
Original Westmorland Gazette spine gold blocking. The image is mirrored.
A Second Lakeland Sketchbook Dust Jacket Negative 2
First edition dust jacket negative.
A Second Lakeland Sketchbook Dust Jacket Negative 1
Late 1970s dust jacket negative.

Throughout the 1970s, the sketchbook cases were many different colours and styles. The gold blocking was eventually removed from the front of the case. By 1980, all sketchbook cases were green until 2004 when Frances Lincoln reprinted the sketchbooks in their original colours.

A Second Lakeland Sketchbook First Edition Later Prints
An early 1980s print and Frances Lincoln’s 2004 publication.
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