This is a new and unread 1st Edition book one of the pictorial guides,"The Eastern Fells". This book was initially released in 1955 with no DJ. At a later date they released a dust jacket for this book but over the years, this eventually damaged the gold gilt and in some cases, almost completely removed it. This book is as originally intended with no DJ so it is as new. Apparently it has never been on the fells and had been stored away carefully since 1955. It has beautifully clean and crisp pages with no marks or foxing at all anywhere. The icing on the cake of this wonderful book is the signature of the master fellwalker himself. An extremely rare find. I have attached a few images below.
This is a newspaper article, below by Roger Ratcliffe in 1984 (full details of this interview are in the fabulous 'Encounters with Wainwright' book). It reveals that Wainwright kept his Christian name secret for 30 years and very few people knew it.
Wainwright continued to keep his name secret, as seen in 'Fellwanderer' here.
The interview goes on to say, that the first time he revealed his name was in the DJ of the 'Fellwalking with Wainwright' book, which is confirmed here.
But.......back in June 1955, Wainwright's very first advert for Book 1, 'The Eastern Fells' appeared in the Cumbria Magazine (I presume, he created the whole advert himself), and he freely reveals his whole name. There is also a 2 page description of the book and the upcoming series, which shows his name a second time (they were originally going to print a lengthy interview but that is another story). So, Wainwright's name was never anonymous afterall. When Wainwright wrote 'Fellwanderer', had he forgotten that he had put his name in the advert over 10 years earlier? Maybe he did know, but because he was unknown at the time, he hoped people wouldn't remember the first advert and he then just decided to keep it quiet for the next couple of decades.
I recently obtained several mint '1st Edition' pictorial guides for next to nothing. Apparently they had been stored away in a box for decades since they were originally purchased. I actually don't think they have been read before. I didn't want them stored away any longer, so I protected the jackets and now I have them rightfully on display.......away from direct sunlight of course.
Somebody else asked me the same question and this was the answer I gave:
Re. Book 7 publication date:
The best I can do is suggest that it was around the beginning of March 1966. Book 1 was published at Whitsun 1955, the traditional start of the walking season in the Lake District.
The only evidence of a publication date for Book 7 can be found on pp. 194-5 of the Biography by Hunter Davies.
AW writes to Molly Lefebure at some point late Feb/Early March with a signed copy of Book 7 with a note: To Molly, because I like her. Be quick, Molly, get your boots on. I want you to be the one to find the hidden treasure. [This is the 'buried treasure' on Lank Rigg See Lank Rigg p. 7] Then you can write to Cumbria and tell them what a clever girl you are.
Sadly, no date is given for this letter.
But in the biography, Davies writes ‘A few weeks later on 22 March 1966 , he wrote again.
Dear Molly This isn’t a reply to your last letter, not yet. It is written just to tell you not to go rooting about on Lank Rigg. The buried treasure was found by a Seaton (Workington) man and his wife and child at 9.20 am on March 12, after a dawn start from home.’ p 195
March 12th 1966 was a Saturday and a dawn start suggests that the chap might have bought the book some time that week and Saturday was the first opportunity he had to find the buried treasure?
Possible publication date was around Monday 7th - Friday 11th March 1966? [i.e. 60 years ago this week!]
Easter Day was Sunday 10th April, so it was certainly well before Easter.
I hope this is useful.
I have the very article on this, written by Wainwright himself "The hidden treasure was found the day after The Western Fells was published, on March 12th, at 9:20am, After a dawn start, by Susan Tosswill, of Seaton, Workington, accompanied by her husband Richard and an infant Tosswill. They sent me an entertaining account of the discovery".
This is a long shot, as very few people are using the forum lately but if anyone has a copy of "Lakeland Mountain Drawings Volume 3" with a nice condition dust jacket for sale, I will pay handsomely for it. You can reply here or contact me on 07807026113.
I am not surprised your other reader could not put it down, I couldn't either. I have now finished it and I can honestly say it is going to be re-read again. I must confess to being very greedy though, as the 3 copies are just for me. If these fine books are ever out of print in the far future, I would never forgive myself if I did not have backups. I may gift one of them to a friend of mine if he is lucky
A big late for posting I know. My wife and I completed this challenge in the summer of 2015. Apart from spraining my lower leg on the first day (I haven't a clue how) and being in pain for the entire journey, it was an awesome adventure. We completed it using B&B's but carried all our own gear.
Being a massive fan of this route I started a collection of Wainwright's books on the Coast to Coast. Most are widely available but what is almost impossible to do is to obtain some of the older ones in unread MINT condition, with MINT jackets with zero creases or marks. The paperback book was especially hard to get hold of in new, unread condition and required a lot of networking. I also have one of the books signed by the great man himself
I am thrilled to be the owner of Wainwright's original drawing from Bradford. The fact that I am originally from Bradford suggested it was meant to be. It came about in a chance meeting. I was in an antiques store browsing and I mentioned a Wainwright book to my wife, and over my shoulder was a gentleman who overheard me and asked if I would be interested in an original drawing. The rest was history. The drawing is of Bolling Hall in Bradford and was published in "A Second Dales book". I immediately tracked down a first edition mint copy of this book which is rare in itself (from a seller who had a full box, originally sealed from Westmorland Gazette).
The drawing was completed before Wainwright's eyesight was failing so it has incredible detail and the previous owner(s) have kept it away from sunlight so it has zero fading and it is as though it was drawn yesterday. I think even if I had a choice of drawings I would have picked this one as it is more personal to me because it is from my hometown