The Recess, or Autumnal Relaxation in the Highlands and Lowlands: Being the Home Circuit Versus Foreign Travel, a Serio-Comic Tour to the Hebrides (Classic Reprint)

The Recess, or Autumnal Relaxation in the Highlands and Lowlands: Being the Home Circuit Versus Foreign Travel, a Serio-Comic Tour to the Hebrides (Classic Reprint)

by James Johnson
     
 

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As the title-page of a book ought to convey some idea of its nature - and as a Preface should do little more, the present one will be short. This little volume is the result of autumnal relaxation from

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Excerpt from The Recess, or Autumnal Relaxation in the Highlands and Lowlands: Being the Home Circuit Versus Foreign Travel, a Serio-Comic Tour to the Hebrides

As the title-page of a book ought to convey some idea of its nature - and as a Preface should do little more, the present one will be short. This little volume is the result of autumnal relaxation from the drudgery of avocation in the metropolis. The name of the author, and the species of drudgery which he undergoes can be of little or no interest to the reader; and it little matters whether he work with the head or the hand - with the pen or the brush - with the hammer or the hand-saw. It boots not whether he carries a hod of bricks or a bag of briefs - whether he is most conversant with the composition of paints, potions, or protocols. A tourist has one principal object in view - to render himself agreeable both to those who travel the same circuit, and to those who only travel round their own libraries. There are some other objects, however, of considerable importance. During the last twenty years, the tide of English tourists has annually rushed up the Rhine - winded through the valleys of Switzerland - scaled the mighty Alps - and spread over the plains of fair Italy. More of our nobility and gentry have stood on the Jura and the Rhighi, than on Skiddaw and Snowdon - on the Palatine Hill than on Salisbury Crags. More of them have ascended the Simplon and the St. Bernard, than Ben-Cruachan and Ben-Lawers. They have become more familiar with Como and Lugano, than with Loch Tay and Loch Lomond. Many more of our countrymen have visited Grindenwalde than Glencoe - the Temple of Neptune at Pæstum, than the Temple of Nature in Staffa! The snows of Mont Blanc have more frequently been pressed by the feet of Englishmen, than the summit of Ben-Nevis.

Now, one of the most important objects of travelling, is exercise - not of the body merely, but of the mind also - and not the passive exercise of perception alone, but the more dignified exercise of reflection, in addition.

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ISBN-13:
9781332288076
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
08/05/2015
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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