1887 - “the hope of preserving some permanent record”

Harry Goodwin toured the Lake District accompanied by Knight’s 1878 edition; the result was a set of illustrations published in this magnificent volume alongside Knight’s text. Knight was fulsome in his praise believing that Goodwin had reproduced Wordsworth Country’s “features and made them permanent, in so delightful a manner.” The volume was published at a time when certain Wordsworthian locations were under threat, which “in a few years will render their connexion with the poems obscure, and difficult to trace.” This edition was created with a view to “preserving some permanent record of what is still unchanged.” -- Courtesy of the Wordsworth Trust

Harry Goodwin and William Knight, Through the Wordsworth Country, 1887