A much loved and frequently reissued classic, Wild Wales first appeared in 1862. It is George Borrow s account of a family holiday spent in Llangollen, North Wales, to which are attached two strenuous walking tours in search of the homes and haunts and last resting places of the bards whom he loved. The first tour encompasses much of Snowdonia and ...
A much loved and frequently reissued classic, Wild Wales first appeared in 1862. It is George Borrow s account of a family holiday spent in Llangollen, North Wales, to which are attached two strenuous walking tours in search of the homes and haunts and last resting places of the bards whom he loved. The first tour encompasses much of Snowdonia and Anglesey, and the second takes him the length of the country from Llangollen to Swansea and thence through South Wales to Chepstow. Traveller, linguist and author of The Bible in Spain, Lavengro, and Romany Rye, Borrow explores the often dramatic scenery of Wales, delving into its literary past, its history, myths and legends, and meeting its people along the way, conveying as he does so his enthusiasm for all things Celtic. Wild Wales is much more than a straightforward travel account. It is a book rich with characters, complete with princes, heroes, villains and rogues. In its pages we meet the delightful John Jones and the comical Tom Jenkins, we are introduced to Owain Glyndwr and his struggles against the English Crown. Great poets like Dafydd ap Gwilym share space with robbers like the Plant de Bat and the Robin Hood like Twm Shone Catti. Forbidding monsters, in imagination at least, inhabit the lakes, and the church cat slumbers peacefully in a cottage by the River Dee. Frequently biased and argumentative, Borrow is at all times energetic and readable and remains among the liveliest writers on Wales. His book is still one of the best introductions to the country. Frequently biased and argumentative, Borrow is at all times energetic and readable and remains among the liveliest writers on Wales. His book is still one of the best introductions to the country.
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Good. No dust jacket. Signed by previous owner. 572 p. Wild Wales: Its people, language and scenery-THOMAS NELSON AND SONS LTD George Borrow-HARDCOVER CONDITION GOOD-SIGNED BY PREVIOUS OWNER-JUNE 16 1953-572 PAGES
Very Good in Good jacket. Travel. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. This book is in very good condition. The interior is clean. There is a name and date on the first page. The tops of the boards are lightly sunned. Medium blue boards with gold lettering on the spine. The dust jacket is in good condition with quite a bit of wear along the edges. There is a "V" shaped piece missing at the top edge of the back panel near the spine. The colors are still strong on the front panel. The jacket is not price clipped and is in new mylar.
Good+ with no dust jacket. 622 pages; 16mo (6.25") 16 cm; Dark blue cloth, manila endpapers, . Text is in English but there are many short passages in Welsh, translated into English by author.; Printed by John Johnson, published by Geoffrey Cumberlege, publisher to Oxford University. Originally published 1862. This is 3rd edition, 1920, 7th printing, 1946.; Quite fascinating travel memoir of young Englishman and his small family who spent summer of 1854 in Wales, where the father, who spoke Welsh, learned all he could of the rustic inhabitants.; Moderate wear to cloth, mainly at heel and crown. Gilt spine title mostly rubbed off and unreadable. Both endpapers are covered with penciled notes on Welsh names and places. Textblock is a bit wavy along bottom edge, but all pages turn, everything readable.; World's Classics Series; Vol. 224.
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