8 Derbyshire, 1830, / E. Rhodes /Virtual Rare Book Fair 127


Title: Derbyshire, excursions, with 29 engravings, 1830, E. Rhodes
PlaceAndYear: 1830
Description: Derbyshire, excursions, with 29 engravings, 1830
Excursions in Derbyshire, by E. Rhodes, Sheffield, 4°, new bound, 29 engravings, one map of Derbyshire, without text, 33x26 cm.. List of Plates: Dove Dale, from the Stafford shire Side of the River, View from near Reynards Hall, Dove Dale, The Northern Entrance into Dove Dale, View from the Winnats into Hope Dale, North Entrance into Matlock Dale, View near Matlock High Tor, View on the Wye, from the Side of Priestcliff, View in Monsal Dale, Castle Rock, Middleton Dale, Middleton Dale, Stoney Middleton, View in Eyam, Approach to Hathersage, North west View of Bolsover Castle, Remains of South Winfield Manor House, Haddon Hall, Chatsworth House, Old Hall at Norton Lees, Beauchief Abbey, View in Shirbrook Dale, SmeltingHill, Middleton Dale, A picturesque Watering Place, Tufa and Limestone Rocks at Allport, Approach to Peak Cavern, Entrance of Peak´s Cavern, Entrance of Peak´s Hole, View from the interior of Peak Cavern, Rustle Bridge, Monsal Dale, Cross in Bakewell Church Yard, Cross, Eyam Church Yard, Cross at Wheston

Ebenezer Rhodes (1762–1839), topographer, was born in Masborough[4] near Rotherham, in 1762. He entered the cutlery trade in 1777 and served a seven year apprenticeship.[1] He was interested in reading and the theatre but his occupation was as a senior partnership with David Champion in a business that made scissors. To the production of fine scissors, the firm added the making of razors and in both these classes of articles they acquired a fine reputation.

Rhodes was elected in 1808 to be head of Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire and became Master Cutler. In August, the members gave their president a gold cup in acknowledgment of his public services in the establishment of the Institution.

Rhodes started to become associated with debating societies. One of these associations was called The Society of the Friends of Literature. Its meetings were held at a public house in Sheffield. Rhodes held a conspicuous place as an intelligent and fluent converser and as a Jacobin politician. Amongst this group were the Rev John Pye Smith the theological writer and James Montgomery the Christian poet and philanthropist. These groups were eventually proscribed as they were thought to be a source of sedition.

Rhodes made many excursions with James Montgomery, to Monsal Dale, Millers Dale, and other parts of Derbyshire. In 1818 he published the first part of his folio edition of his ' Peak Scenery, or the Derbyshire Tourist,' dedicated to the Duke of Devonshire and illustrated by F.L.Chantrey. This was followed by part one of Yorkshire Scenery which was the only part ever published. In 1837 Rhodes issued a small Derbyshire Tourist's Guide and Travelling Companion. All his books involved him in financial loss, although his Peak Scenery remains a standard work. Apart from these ventures, he had turned his attention to journalism, and for a number of years he was editor of the Sheffield Independent.
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