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"Topographer Brittania " [ Title on Spine ]
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"Topographer Brittania " [ Title on Spine ]

By DANCER, W

1794. 18th century bound quarto manuscript of the great buildings of England, 574 numbered pages + 3 blank leaves ( page 137/8 absent but probably no text missing). Contemporary half calf morocco labels, rubbed, board detached. Contents clear and very legible written on thick watermarked paper. The buildings are sub-divided into their respective counties, many pages with only county headings tantalisingly yet to be filled in. The first section - KENT - is 98 pages long, and one is bound to assume the author lived here, perhaps in Rochester. (the entry for Rochester Castle runs to 10 pages). Entries comprise historical records and architectural descriptions. The author leans on earlier antiquarians such as Leland and Camden, sometimes with direct quotes. What makes the work of unusual interest is that many of the sites were clearly visited by the author in the late eighteenth century. One has only to see, for instance the extraordinarily precise measurements for the alleged Dark Age monument, Kit's Coty House (pp 34-35), to observe the author's keenness for detail. Here are a few further examples : 1) Rochester Castle, having been granted to Sir Anthony Welldone in 1610,had its timbers sold by one of his descendants 'to one Grimmet and the stone stairs the ... windows and arches to different masons in London.' But his plan to sell the 'whole of the materials' to a pavier was foiled by the discovery of the extreme hardness of the mortar. An essay 'on the east side near the postern leading to Bully Hill' can still be seen. Thus the castle escaped demolition. 2) At Evesham Abbey, 'the most curious remains' is an elliptical arch 17 ft high. It is divided by three sets of mouldings into 2 ranges of niches with well-carved figures. The outer 2 figures are seated on a kind of throne, perhaps abbots or bishops. But all were decapitated by a 'capricious gentleman,' whose mansion garden was entered via the ruin. 3) At Naworth Castle, in one one of the towers, is Lord Howard's library a small room with a narrow staircase. No books have been added since Eliz I's time. A 3 ft high triptych, six pages long, tells the story of Joseph of Arimathaea ending with a history of the saints and their rights of granting indulgences.This ambitious work was never completed: indeed other volumes were planned and many counties are not even begun. There are substantial entries for Kent, Sussex, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Berkshire, Cumberland, and lesser listings (a few pages long) for many other counties. The fascination with this manuscript is that the author knows many of these sites at first hand. In some cases, the buildings - covering the full range of structures from castles to abbeys to monasteries and even Stonehenge (4 pages) - may be either no longer extant or much reduced since his time, thus making his work potentially an antiquarian's or archaeologist's resource.. Half-Leather. Good.. 4to. Manuscript.

$1122.94

The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture, Commerce, and Manufacture, Comprehending Lists of the Inhabitants of London ... And of All the Cities, Towns, and Principal Villages, in England and Wales ... (etc)
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The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture, Commerce, and Manufacture, Comprehending Lists of the Inhabitants of London ... And of All the Cities, Towns, and Principal Villages, in England and Wales ... (etc)

By (BARFOOT, Peter & WILKES, John)

London: Printed for The Patentees ... By Champante and Whitrow, 1798. VOLUME FOUR. 984 inc.(index) pages. Some light page discolouration in a few places. Contemporary calf expertly rebacked, rubbed at the edges. Issued in parts over five volumes. One of the earliest attempts to produce a National directory, this volume contains parts 49 - part of 66 + part of 67, listed alphabetically by place (rather than county) Norwich to Yoxford. SEE :- Jane Norton's expert description of this directory, page 32 - 39 of " Guide to the National and Provincial Directories of England and Wales, excluding London, published Before 1856.". First Edit. Full-Leather. Very Good.. Stout 8vo. Book.

$396.33

A Rare Archive of Original Photographs of Devon Post Offices ... From the Ron Hake Collection
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A Rare Archive of Original Photographs of Devon Post Offices ... From the Ron Hake Collection

By DEVON RURAL POST OFFICES

There are 23 nineteenth or the early part of the twentieth century photographs typical size 220 x 150 mm, many bearing the stamp of F. Frith & Co. Ltd. The second part of the collection is made up of some 86 photographs mainly taken in the 1970s, probably by Ron himself. Typically in two sizes,125 x 90 mm, and the larger sized 200 x 125 mm (approx). I have tried to display some of the photographs loosely in a high quality stamp album, the rest are still loose in clear plastic bags. A UNIQUE COLLECTION worthy of full cataloguing and imaginative displaying. Looking at these evocative photographs we are aware we are looking at a soon to be forgotten part of rural life. The PO (along with the pub) was at the heart of these communities, the vast majority now closed.. Hardcover. Fine.. 4to.. Book.

$660.55

Enchiridion Physicae Restitutae. In Quo Verus Naturae Concentus Exponitur, plurimique Antiquae Philosophiae Errores ... Dilucide Aperiuntur. Tractatus Alter Inscriptus. Arcanum Hermeticae .... Quarta Editio Emendata & Aucta
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Enchiridion Physicae Restitutae. In Quo Verus Naturae Concentus Exponitur, plurimique Antiquae Philosophiae Errores ... Dilucide Aperiuntur. Tractatus Alter Inscriptus. Arcanum Hermeticae .... Quarta Editio Emendata & Aucta

By ESPAGNET, Jean d'

Rouen: Berthelin, 1647. Two books bound in one (with separate title-pages). 198; 199-303 pages. Contemporary stained limp vellum, ink title on spine. Rosenthal 277; Duveen 196; Ferguson 1, 248. Jean d' Espagnet hides his name under imperfect anagrams but is by traditional repute the author of the two works in this volume. He is said to have been president of the Bordeaux parliament; the town president Schmieder calls him such and adds that he was a defender of alchemy. In the first work d' Espagnet became the first of his time to oppose the physics of Aristotle while in the second he concentrates on the alchemical art with a listing of relevant apparatus. He was commended for the elegance of his style as well as his alchemical knowledge, and the legendary alchemist Philalethes is one of the earliest writers to quote from him, transcribing whole passages.. Fourth Revised and Enlarged. Hardcover. Very Good.. 16mo. Book.

$1056.88

Dartmoor Pictorial Records
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Dartmoor Pictorial Records

By BURNARD, Robert

Plymouth: Privately Printed : W. Brendon & Son,, 1890. FOUR VOLUME SET. 56; 60; 74; 84 pages. 69 photographic plates, from negatives by the Author, illustrations, plans, etc in the text. Floral endpapers. Neat contemporary ownership inscription. Original cloth professionally rebacked (to the original style) with new morocco spines, gilt lettering, and all contained within a custom made slipcase. LIMITED EDITIONS, Volume 1 to 150 copies; volumes 2-4 to 200 copies, all signed by the printer and Robert Burnard. Rare to find all four volumes, usually lacking the first volume. The great early photographic book of Dartmoor.. First Edit. Half-Leather. Very Good. 8vo. Book.

$660.55