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HANBURY, [William]
The history of the rise and progress of the charitable foundations of Church-Langton: together with the different deeds of trust of that establishment.
London: printed for the benefit of the Charity; and sold by J. Dodsley, 1767. 8vo., (2) + 469 + (3)pp., including the final errata leaf (errata recto, advertisement verso), some minor soiling and foxing here and there including the title-page and following leaf, blank strip torn away from one leaf but nowhere near printed surface, in a very good old-style recent binding of quarter calf over marbled boards, spine gilt with raised bands and crimson label lettered in gilt. A good, well-bound, copy. First edition: scarce. Higgs 4181. Kress 6444. Not in Goldsmiths or Williams. 'One of the classics of utopian philanthropy' [David Owen, English Philanthropy,1660-1960>, 1965, p.82]. The Reverend William Hanbury (1725-1778) of Church Langton in Leicestershire constructed philanthropic schemes which were 'imaginative to the point of fantasy' [Owen, op.cit.]. 'It would be hard to find a more utopian cluster of charitable schemes than those projected in the 1750's by the exuberant and eccentric rector, who proposed, through the magic instrumentality of compound interest, to equip his village with an amazing array of cultural and religious institutions. The basis of the parson's sanguine plan was his own enthusiasm for horticulture and his conviction that it could be made an instrument of social regeneration. . In 1767, on the strength of success that was by no means spectacular, he cut loose with a series of deeds of trust, which take up more than half of his 450-page book on the Church Langton charities. These singular documents, suggesting a touch of paranoia, seem almost designed as … [Click Below for Full Description]
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