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Coventry: Its History and Antiquities

Compiled by Benjamin Poole

1870 - London and Coventry - John Russell Smith and William Frederic Taunton

12" by 9", 424pp plus plates and paper wraps

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

DETAILS

A scarce and extraordinary work on the early hisotry, architecture, stories, myths, art, personages and culture of the city of Coventry, bound from the parts.

Very unusually, the original paper wraps for each of the parts are bound in order with the parts, with advertisements, dated from 1863-1870.

'From the earliest records down to the present time. Compiled from publications of acknowledged authenticity, ancient manuscripts and charters, corporation records, original contributions etc'.

'To be completed in about 20 one-shilling parts, each part to contain 16 pages of letter-press, and two tinted etchings'.

Features 'sixty exquisite tinted etchings, facsimiles, maps etc, chiefly from drawings made for the work'. Plates retain tissue guards, and the folding plates are mounted on cloth.

Bookseller's label of Foyles, London to front pastedown.

Fifty-four plates collated complete, including a chromo-lithograph folding frontispiece of the tapestry at St Mary's Hall, three gold tinted facsimile memorial brasses, folding facsimile of an ancient view of Coventry, a folding facsimile of the Procession of Lady Godiva, facsimile of an historical letter of Queen Elizabeth, and a folding map of the City of Coventry in 1869.

William Frederic Taunton was an artist, the Headmaster of the Coventry School of Art, and here also acting as printer and publisher of each of the parts of this great work.

Coventry is currently the 9th largest city in England and the 11th largest in the United Kingdom. Historically it was the most important seat of ribbon-making in the UK. Coventry's greatest legend is that of the 11th century exploits of Lady Godiva who rode through the city naked on horseback in protest at high taxes being levied on the cityfolk by her husband Leofric, Earl of Mercia. According to the legend the residents of the city were commanded to look away as she rode, but one man didn't and was allegedly struck blind. He became known as Peeping Tom thus originating a new idiom, or metonym, in English.

CONDITION

In a half calf binding. Externally worn, with some loss to the leather and spine labels, the backstrip coming away along the joints, and marks to the boards. The rear joint is just starting. The hinges are held by the cords only. Internally, firmly bound. Generally bright for the age of this set, and nominally clean, with light scattered spotting throughout and some dusting to the top edge, occasionally affecting the margins. A remarkable book to own. Overall: GOOD.


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