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A Walk In and About the City of Canterbury - GOSTLING, William - 1777. [1228675]
Engraved frontis. port. of the author, a folding engraved plan of the city with a facing printed folding "key" to the plan, & 22 engraved plates (two folding & two are maps, all with some inevitable offsetting). 16, 19-33, [2], 34-36, 402, [16] pp. 8vo, cont. straight-grained red morocco by Kalthoeber with his ticket (minor foxing), single gilt fillet round sides with floral & pointillé decorative corner-pieces, flat spine gilt, a.e.g. Canterbury: Simmons & Kirkby, 1777. Second edition (1st ed.: 1774), issued on a subscription basis to raise funds for Hester, the author's daughter (Gostling had died earlier in 1777). Gostling (bap. 1696), antiquary and topographer, lived almost all his life in Canterbury. He had a great knowledge of musical history and owned an important collection of printed and manuscript music. "Thoroughly versed in the history of Canterbury, Gostling guided visitors around the city, and when confined by poor health for many years to his home, for he could not use his legs and his hands were much affected by gout, he wrote the well-regarded A Walk In and About the City of Canterbury. During the writing of this guide friends corrected his descriptions by personal observation. It was published in 1774 and ran to six editions, the last being in 1825."-ODNB. With a 21-page list of subscribers. Fine and handsomely bound copy by Kalbthoeber. Early bookplate of George Harwood. .
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