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Richard Gough
Sepulchral monuments in Great Britain, Richard Gough, 1796, engravings, rare
London: 1796. Please see description. Full title: Sepulchral monuments in Great Britain: applied to illustrate the history of families, manners, habits and arts, at the different periods from the Norman conquest to the seventeenth century : with introductory observations, 5 large volumes. Author: Richard Gough (1735 - 1809) Publication: London : Printed for the author, and sold by T. Payne and Son, 1786-1796. Size: Folio, 33 x 49 cm, 34 kg unpacked weight. Please note, owing to weight, please enquire re delivery outside the UK. This is a rare copy of a work which is monumental in both subject matter, size and achievement. Richard Gough was probably the most influential antiquarian of his time, serving as director of the Society of Antiquaries from 1771 to 1791. Sepulchral Monuments is his greatest work, although he is probably better known as the author of the Morden version of Camden's Britannia. The first part of Sepulchral Monuments was published in 1786, the second part in 1796, and the introduction to Volume 2 appeared in 1799. Gough was a man of substantial means, and he employed the services for this book of some of the best engravers available, namely James Basire, Thomas Cook, Francis Cary, Barak Longmate, Caroline Basire, Joseph S. Halfpenny, and Jacob Schnebbelie. The plates are remarkable, including examples of monuments no longer in existence, and even three plates printed from the actual monumental brass itself (a practice which would be much frowned upon now!). Only this edition was printed, and it was not for subscribers, so how large the edition was is hard … [Click Below for Full Description]
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