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A Description of England and Wales. Containing a Particular Account of Each Country, with its Antiquities, Curiosities, Situation, Climate, Rivers, Soils, Fossils, Caverns, Plants and Minerals, Agriculture, Civil and Ecclesiastical Divisions, Cities, Towns, Seats, Markets, Manufactures, Sieges, Battles, and the Lives of the Illustrious Men Each County has Produces. Embellished with Two Hundred and Forty Copper Place Cuts of Palaces, Castles; the ruins of Roman and Saxon Buildings; and of Abbeys, Monasteries, and other Religious Houses. Besides a Variety of Cuts of Urns, Inscriptions, and Other Antiquities

By Not Stated

1769 - 1775

Newbery and Carnan : London

7" by 4"

xii, 299pp; 281pp; 283pp; 288pp; 288pp; 288pp; 287pp; 288pp; 288pp; 288pp, 68pp

 

 

 

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A complete ten volume set about the history of England and Wales, exploring the counties of both countries, illustrated with two-hundred and forty plates.

Complete in ten volumes. This set is a thorough yet concise history of the counties in England and Wales. The volumes travel through both countries. The counties are set out in alphabetical order throughout the set, with an index to the rear of Volume X. Volume I, published in 1775, with twenty-five plates, and an introduction. Volume II, published in 1769, with nine plates. Volume II, published in 1769, with thirty-three plates. Volume IV, published in 1769, with thirty plates. Volume V, published in 1769, with twenty-seven plates. Volume VI, published in 1769, with eighteen plates. Volume VII, published in 1769, with thirty-four plates. Volume VIII, published in 1769, with nineteen plates. Volume IX, published in 1770, with thirty plates. Volume X, published in 1770, with fifteen plates, and an index. With two-hundred and forty plates, as well as numerous in-text line drawings. Collated complete. Volume I is the second edition. Written anonymously, published by Newbery and Carnan. The publishing house was set up by John Newbery, who has often been called 'The Father of Children's Literature', as he made children's literature a sustainable market. Bookplate to the front pastedowns, ‘Richardson of Pitfour Bart’. The Pitfour referred to here is Pitfour Castle in Perthshire, Scotland. It was built for a John Richardson, whose bookplate this possibly is, who was a wealthy man involved with salmon fisheries. The house was enlarged in 1825 to include a library in the north-west. Alternatively the Richardson whose bookplate this is could be his grandson, Sir John Stewart-Richardson, who inherited the house in the 1860s. Collated, complete.

CONDITION

In the original full mottled calf binding. Externally, sound. Light rubbing to the joints and to the extremities, being a touch heavier to the front joint of Volume I. A little bumping to the head and tail of the spines and to the extremities. The very odd light mark to the boards. Spines are lightly rubbed. Volumes IX and X are lacking both spine labels, and Volume VIII is lacking one spine label. loss to the spine label to Volume I. Tail of the spine of Volume IV is slightly torn, resulting in loss. A little loss to the tail of the spine to Volume VII. Bookplate to the front pastedowns, ‘Richardson of Pitfour Bart’. Light discolouration to the pastedowns, to the recto to the front endpapers, and to the verso to the rear endpapers. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean, with the odd scattered spot and handling mark throughout. Light offsetting to the pages facing the plates. Pages 71/72 in Volume I have chip to the fore edge, affecting text. Pages 251 to 254 in Volume III are detached but present.

Overall Condition: Good

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