The text is worth a skim, though I can't say it's wildly enlightening; it's definitely a "me too" book, largely built around scraps of learned but much-recycled material. For instance, the section on Topsham consists of little more than a retelling of Robert Lyde's 1693 A True and Exact Account of the Retaking a Ship Called the Friend's Adventure of Topsham from the French (see also Devonshire Characters and Strange Events). Anyhow, enjoy the pictures; they're very accurate scenes, I suspect based on photographs, that don't exaggerate perspective and heights.
|Exeter from Exwick|
|Exmouth from Cockwood|
|Teignmouth and Shaldon|
|Torquay from the Bay|
Devon: its Moorlands, Streams & Coasts (Lady Rosalind Northcote, with illustrations in colour after Frederick J Widgery: London, Chatto & Windus; James G Commin, 1908, Internet Archive devonitsmoorland00nort).
Lady Northcote (1873-1950) published only one other work, the 1903 The Book of Herbs (Internet Archive cu31924073899373) although Devon had a 1919 reprint. She was a member of one of the aristocratic families of the Exeter area, as described in her obituary:
Northcote (Lady Rosalind Lucy Stafford Northcote), eldest daughter of the second Earl of Iddesleigh, died on 31st December, 1950, at her home at Upton Pyne. Greatly sympathetic towards the cause of kindness to animals, Lady Rosalind was a former vice-president of the Exeter and West Devon Branch of the R.S.P.C.A., chairman of Exeter Auxiliary branch and a group representative on the National Council of the Society. A film made on her estate was shown to the annual meeting of the Society in 1936. Part of the Society's propaganda, it was designed to help teach children a proper attitude towards animals. Her book on Devonshire was her best known literary work.Her brother, Viscount St Cyres (Stafford Harry Northcote) was also a writer, whose works were the 1901 biography François de Fenelon (Internet Archive franoisdefenel00stcy); the 1908 The Gallican Church (in Vol. V of The Cambridge Modem History); and the 1909 biography Pascal (Internet Archive pascalnorth00stcyuoft).
- page 12, Report and Transactions - The Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and Art, Volumes 82-83, 1950