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Custumale Roffense, From the Original Manuscript in the Archives of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester: To which are added. Memorials of that Cathedral Church; and some Account of the Remains of Churches, Chapels, Chantries, etc. Whose Instruments of Foundation, and Endowment, are for the most part contained in the Registrum Roffense; with divers curious pieces of Ecclesiastical Antiquity, Hitherto unnoticed, in the said Diocese. The whole intended as a Supplement to that Work. Illustrated with Copper Plates, from accurate Drawings; Taken principally under the Editor's Inspection.
Printed by and for John Nichols, Red Lion Passage, Fleet-Street, 1788. FIRST EDITION. Folio, pp.iv; 266. With engraved portrait frontispiece, engraved title page vignette, engraved colophon and 56 engraved plates, five of which are folding. Entire uncut/untrimmed copy with deckle edges. Bound in twentieth century half grey calf over marbled sides, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands.Light and occasional browning within but essentially contents are fine; first and last leaves guarded when rebound. Externally near fine. John Thorpe, a Fellow of the Royal Society, had an abiding interested in the architecture of Kent, and the Registrum Roffense, a collection of the monuments of Rochester Cathedral, was published by his son John, almost a decade after his death, with assistance from John Baynard of the Navy Office. In 1788 Thorpe Jr supplemented it with the Custumale Roffense from the original manuscript, with other memorials of Rochester Cathedral. His mention, in Custumale Roffense of a Roman mosaic pavement, discovered about 1750 in Lullingstone Park by workmen digging post holes, led archaeologists in 1949 to not only locate and uncover the pavement, but also to reveal the extensive Lullingstone Roman Villa to which it belonged. He also published a scientific letter maintaining in opposition to Daines Barrington, that the cherry is indigenous to England. A particulrly difficult title to find as much book stock was destroyed by a fire at John Nichols's printing works and warehouse.
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