New Ways Through the Glens by A. R. B. [Archibald Richard Burdon] Haldane soon to be presented for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London, Edinburgh, Paris, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Toronto & New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd., 1962, Hardback in dust wrapper.
2nd printing. [First Published: 1963] Contains: Black & white plates; Fold-out maps ; Colour frontispiece; Appendices ;
From the cover: In this book the author has given the first detailed account of the great engineer Thomas Telford and his colleagues in their work in the Highlands of Scotland. He was able to do this because in his research of over seven years he discovered two large collections of contemporary material never before used, one in the Record Office of the House of Lords, and the other in the cellars of a legal office in Edinburgh.
In his book the author deals first with the history of Highland roads before 1800 and the social and economic distress which forced the government into action. He then deals with the problems which faced the Commissioners and describes the many mischances and misadventures which occurred. Finally he deals with the later history of the roads and Canal and of the benefits brought to the Highlands, and also describes the constant damage caused by wear, wind and weather.
Most of the illustrations are contemporary prints of those parts of the Highlands the book deals with ; there is also a map of 1828 showing the new roads.
This book will be of absorbing interest to students of the Highlands, to the walker, the motorist and the lover of the Highland scene. Readers will find great interest and pleasure in pages which paint with no little colour a picture of Scotland in the early years of last century and of the great work of reconstruction for the Highlands.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine and a nick to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 247 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5¾”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt you with something from my Travel Scotland catalogue?