1854 Some Account of the Worshipful Company of Grocers Of the City of London
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Author's Presentation Copy, Early Edition, Illustrated, Pleasing Copy, Rebound, Scarce, Signed, Signed Binding
The 'Grocers' Company' is often cited as the oldest of London's 'Great Twelve City Livery Companies', and ranks second in the Companies order of precedence after the Mercers' Company. This work provides an account of the guild's Hall and the principal events that took place there, a history of the Company, and an extensive biographical examination of the most eminent and distinguished members. Featuring the following ink inscription: 'William Foster White Esq. Treasurer of the Royal Hospital of St Bartholomew from his friend John Benjamin Heath [Signature] January 1856'. Copiously illustrated throughout with in-text illustrations and plates, several of which are folding. This work was privately printed. This copy has been rebound in a signed 'Jenny Bevan' binding, with a charming illustrated bookplate of a 'Roy and Nina Merley' tipped to the front pastedown of each volume. The Merleys owned Plaish Hall, Shropshire. This is a stunning Grade I Tudor house, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The home once belonged to Judge William Leighton, who was an amateur poet and sixteenth century composer. The house, as it stands now, was built in two stages for Leighton, who was presiding over a trial of prisoners whilst the home was being completed. Roy and Nina Merley owned the house for thirty-five years and were responsible for reinstating the Tudor style gardens and renovating the house to its former glory. Their bookplate has an image of the house in the background, with a blackbird eating a worm in the foreground.
Rebound in a signed quarter cloth binding, with bookbinders label tipped to rear pastedown. Externally excellent, with only minor shelfwear and slight fading to upper extremity of front board and spine. Prior owner's bookplate tipped to front pastedown. Author's inscription and signature to half title page, dated '1856'. Internally firmly bound, slightly strained very occasionally in places. Pages slightly age toned to extremities but very bright and clean, with the odd light spot to the occasional page. Occasional mark and damp staining to gutters, not affecting text.
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