Rural Rides

Two vols, Cobbett's tour of rural England between 1821 and 1832


William Cobbett, with notes by Pitt Cobbett


Reeves and Turner, London, 1885
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Printing Details

New edition, hardback bound in the original green cloth with gilt titling and design to spine and upper board. Two volumes (complete). Each 19.5 × 13cm, xlviii + 406pp, 409pp.

Full title: Rural Rides in the Counties of Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hants, Berks, Oxford, Bucks, Wilts, Somerset, Gloucester, Hereford, Salop, Worcester, Stafford, Leicester, Hertford, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge, Huntingdon, Nottingham, Lincoln, York, Lancaster, Durham, and Northumberland, During the Years 1821 to 1832; with Economical and Political Notes.

Travelling on horseback through England in the early 19th century, William Cobbett provides evocative and accurate descriptions of the countryside, colourful accounts of his encounters with labourers, and indignant outbursts at the encroaching cities and the sufferings of the exploited poor.


An attractive set but with some wear. The green cloth binding is in good order but rubbed to the boards edges and with several small tears to the cloth at the head of the spines. The inner binding is showing strain in some places but is still secure, and the pages having intermittent blotchy foxing. A previous owner has made many small pencil marks to the margins, and occasionally an annotation (see the map picture) but they don't hinder reading.



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