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Content of the Books
Note that pagination is continuous through the three volumes. Later editions, for example in 1833, might have the same pages bound as two volumes, with the spare title page included at the back.
There is a prefatory note:-
The present day may justly be considered the Augustine age of Pictorial art. During the last few years, the most energetic and successful efforts have been made by Publishers and British Painters to create a refined taste throughout the nation for faithful and vivid delineation of native scenery ...
To give an idea of the magnitude of this undertaking ...
  For Paintings, Drawings, and Engravings, ... 5,000 0 0
  Printing Steel,Plates ... 2,750 0 0
  Paper 2,062 10 0
  Revenue Duty on Ditto 687 10 0 ... ... 2,750 0 0
  Letter-press Printing, &c. ... 500 0 0
  Total for 'The Lakes' ... £11,000 0 0
List of Plates
There is a list of plates for each volume, numbering the images from 1 in each list in an alphabetical order of the content. Beware: the content phrase in the list is not the same as the title engraved on the plates. The list gives a page reference for each item, which is approximately where the descriptive text is to be found.
Body, Descriptive Text and Plates
The body of the work has descriptive text for each image. Images are on plates, usually two image per plate, though there are one or two larger images. The body is headed:-
The three volumes have:-
Volume I - pp.1-72 - plates frontispiece=1, 2 to 73
Volume II - pp.73-148 - plates frontispiece, 1 to 72
Volume III - pp.149-220 - plates frontispiece, 1 to 69
At the end of the descriptive text there is a small glossary of placename terms:-
  BARROW. A hill.
  BECK. A rivulet to which the gills are tributary.
  FELL. A mountain.
  FORCE, or FORSE. A term sufficiently significant for a cataract or waterfall.
  GILL. A stream descending from the mountains; also, the valley or dell into which it falls.
  GRANGE. A dwelling near the water.
  HAUGHS. Flat grounds lying on the water's side.
  HAUSE. a Narrow passage over an acclivity between two mountains.
  HOW. A hill rising in the midst of a valley.
  SCAR. A range of rocks.
  SCREES. A quantity of loose stones separated from the rocks, and resting upon a steep declivity, whence they are dislodged by the slightest motion.
  SLACK. A kind of defile between two mountains; or a depression in the bosom of a hill.
  THWAITE. Frequently terminates the names of localities, and probably signifies an inclosure of land.

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