I became an outdoor enthusiast from an early age. I had never read Wainwright’s famous guidebooks nor experienced the Lake District until well into adulthood. This enigmatic man opened up a world to me in a way that I had never before known. He brought the hills to life through his intricate pen and ink drawings and poetic writing. My fascination led me to dig deeper into his books and their history. The last few years have been dedicated to learning more about Alfred Wainwright and his literary genius, which has influenced and inspired walkers throughout the world.
In 2017, I started collecting Wainwright books and was surprised to discover many physical variations of the same titles. This wasn’t very clear as a new collector, and I wanted to make sense of it all. I decided to take on the almost impossible task of hunting down his complete publishing history. Four years later, my collection is still growing!
My research has opened many doors, and I have become friends with many associates of Wainwright. Through these new relationships, I acquired a large selection of memorabilia. In addition, I became the custodian of a significant amount of Wainwright book printing material. This is a part of Wainwright printing history and Cumbrian printing history.
Through Wainwright’s writing, I discovered the natural beauty of the Lake District, from its breath-taking, fell top views, to the lush green valleys. If I can introduce just one other person to Wainwright’s work and the places he loved, then I consider my work worthwhile.
To find out more about Chris’s work and to pre-order his first book, Wainwright Memories, visit: chrisbutterfield.com