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Memorials of Oxford
Oxford: John Henry Parker; H. Slatter, and W. Graham; Charles Tilt, London,, 1837. The engravings by John Le Keux, from drawings by F. Mackenzie. 3 volumes, octavo (210 x 135 mm). Contemporary vellum over thick boards, dark red morocco labels at head of smooth spines, spines gilt all over with a repeated flower-head tool, sides with wide gilt border of repeated leafy pinnacle tool suggestive of "dreaming spires", quatrefoil cornerpieces, gilt turn-ins, yellow endpapers, gilt edges, purple silk place markers (detached). 100 steel-engraved plates by John Le Keux from drawings by Frederick Mackenzie, woodcuts in the text, folding map of Oxford to vol. III. Chip to fore edge of binder's blank in vol. I, occasional light offsetting, a few minor blemishes, very good condition overall and a most attractive set, handsomely bound. First edition of one of the most notable works of the history and antiquities of Oxford University, by the Old English scholar and antiquary James Ingram (1774–1850), president of Trinity College at the time of publication. The engravings of Le Keux, whose work had contributed very largely to the success of the publications of John Britton, were widely admired: "an early reviewer noted approvingly that the publication of views of Oxford's 'halls of learning imposes a check upon future innovators'" (Hist. U. Oxf. 6: 19th-cent. Oxf., xvii). The work was reissued in two volumes in 1847. The handsome vellum binding is unsigned, but is likely Oxford work. This copy has the bookplates, dated 1925, of George Drewry Squibb, then of Queen's College, himself later a distinguished antiquary and lawyer, as well as the book labels of James Hakes and Robert J. Hayhurst.
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