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The Lure of the Camera by Charles S. Olcott

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Transcriber's note:

The following typographical errors have been corrected:

Page 75: "It was to this charming valley that Walter Scott came, with his young wife, in the first year of their wedded life." 'to' amended from 'to to'.

Page 108: "We believe that many changes in the conditions of life and labour are needed, and are coming to pass ..." 'needed' amended from 'neeeded'.

Page 114: "At sight of this group of buildings one almost expects to catch a glimpse of the well meaning but not over wise Mrs. Thornburgh ..." 'buildings' amended from 'buidings'.

Page 249: "... everything that makes us see across our poor lives a splendid goal and a boundless future, comes to us from people of simplicity, those who have made another object of their desires than the passing satisfaction and vanity ..." 'splendid' amended from 'spendid'.

By Charles S. Olcott

THE LURE OF THE CAMERA. Illustrated.

THE COUNTRY OF SIR WALTER SCOTT. Illustrated.

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

BOSTON AND NEW YORK

THE LURE OF THE CAMERA

[Illustration: THE STEPPING STONES]

THE LURE OF THE CAMERA

BY CHARLES S. OLCOTT

Author of "George Eliot: Scenes and People of her Novels" and "The Country of Sir Walter Scott"

ILLUSTRATED FROM PHOTOGRAPHS BY THE AUTHOR

[Illustration]

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

The Riverside Press Cambridge 1914

COPYRIGHT, 1914, BY CHARLES S. OLCOTT

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Published September 1914

TO MY BOYS GAGE, CHARLES, AND HOWARD THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED

PREFACE

The difference between a ramble and a journey is about the same as that between pleasure and business. When you go anywhere for a serious purpose, you make a journey; but if you go for pleasure (and don't take the pleasure too seriously, as many do) you only ramble.

The sketches in this volume, which takes its name from the first chapter, are based upon "rambles," which were for the most part merely incidental excursions, made possible by various "journeys" undertaken for more serious purposes. It has been the practice of the author for many years to carry a camera on his travels, so that, if chance should take him within easy distance of some place of literary, historic, or scenic interest, he might not miss the opportunity to pursue his favorite avocation.

If the reader is asked to make long flights, as from Scotland to Italy, then back, across the Atlantic, to New England, and thence overland to Wyoming and Arizona, he must remember that ramblers take no account of distance or direction. In this case they must take no account of time, for these rambles are but the chance happenings that have occurred at intervals in a period of more than a dozen years.

People who are in a hurry, and those who in traveling seek to "do" the largest number of places in the shortest number of days, are advised not to travel with an amateur photographer. Not only must he have leisure to find and study his subjects, but he is likely to wander away from the well worn paths and use up his time in making inquiries, in a fashion quite exasperating to the tourist absorbed in his itinerary.

The rambles here chronicled could not possibly be organized into an itinerary or moulded into a guidebook. The author simply invites those who have inclinations similar to his own, to wander with him, away from the customary paths of travel, and into the homes of certain distinguished authors or the scenes of their writings, and to visit with him various places of historic interest or natural beauty, without a thought of maps, distances, time tables, or the toil and dust of travel. This is the real essence of rambling.

The chapter on "The Country of Mrs. Humphry Ward" was published originally in The Outlook in 1909, and "A Day in Wordsworth's Country," in the same magazine in 1910... Continue reading book >>




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