A Fourth Lakeland Sketchbook

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A Fourth Lakeland Sketchbook was published October 1972. Henry Roberts, the bookshop chain in Cumbria was the first to advertise the publication of Wainwright’s new sketchbook in Cumbria magazine. The Westmorland Gazette didn’t announce it until the following issue in November.

Wainwright completed the work for his A Coast to Coast Walk guide back in June, and it was being prepared for publication in the new year. He could now concentrate on A Fifth Lakeland Sketchbook and The Lesser Fells of Lakeland, the working title of The Outlying Fells of Lakeland.

Cumbria magazine October 1972.

First Edition is identified by:

  1. Orange cloth case with gold blocking
  2. £1.05 price on the dust jacket
  3. A Coast to Coast Walk and A Fifth Lakeland Sketchbook listed as – In preparation
‘In preparation’ helps identify a First Edition.
An orange clothbound case on its own does not necessarily identify a First Edition.
First Edition price.

Mr. Brayshay, the News Editor from the Evening Despatch in Darlington reviewed many of Wainwright’s sketchbooks. However, I have only managed to acquire one of his original reviews which features in A Second Lakeland Sketchbook.

Review copies were sent out to the press before publication.
Signed First Edition.
Signed later impression.

By early 1973, the first four sketchbooks were already being reprinted in different coloured cases. This made it difficult to identify First Editions. Especially if you were new to the series.

Later sketchbook prints from 1973 and 1974.
This original Blea Tarn drawing featured in many publications, including later impressions of Fellwanderer.
Original Westmorland Gazette spine gold blocking. The image is mirrored.
First Edition dust jacket negative.
An early 1980s print and Frances Lincoln’s 2004 publication.
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  • Martin Kirk says:

    Chris, It’s interesting to see the signature on the later edition copy. The dots for the letter i are adreift from the letters themselves.
    An early sign that his eyes were going and the signature was from memory ?

    • Chris says:

      Apologies for the late reply Martin. Having looked at a few signatures, I found the placement of the dots above the letters to be random, even when his eyesight was good.
      I have some of his signatures from the early 1940s and they too are all over the place. It’s probably down to a rushed signature more than anything. It is more noticeable when he signed the prints.
      The overall signature from the last year of his life started to look a little messy. It’s very sad to see.

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