Auction Date: 14/06/2018 at 10:30 am
The Wonders of the Peake by Charles Cotton 1683 written in heroic couplets, Cotton's was one of the first landscape poems of a movement which only became significant under Queen Anne. His wonders are Pool's Hole (Page 5), St Anne's Well Buxton (page 20), Tydeswell (page 24), Elden-Hole (page 30), Mamtor (page 41), Peake's-Arse (page 47), and Chatsworth (page 72). The dedicatee is Elizabeth, Duchess of Devonshire. He was a Derbyshire man who loved the Peak District. This poem by Cotton encouraged travellers seeking sensational experiences to travel to Derbyshire. In telling of The Wonders of the Peak this was effectively publishing the Peak Districts first-ever travel guide. Of Chatsworth he wrote “There stands a stately and stupendous pile”. In old black leather binding, size 4½” × 7”. Title page has some stain from old library stamp.