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.
A First Edition is identified by:
- Red cloth case with gold blocking
- £1.05 21/- price on the dust jacket
- A Third Lakeland Sketchbook and Walks on the Howgill Fells listed as – In preparation
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.
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.Back to top of page