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A bound volume of 3 items produced by John Cole of Scarborough, an extraordinarily unsuccessful bookdealer, while being a most prolific author. His publications were generally issued in small runs, tastefully produced, with a few printed on coloured paper. 1. The History and Antiquities of Filey, in the County of York. Scarborough: Printed and Published by J. Cole, 1828. [4], vi (list of subscribers), 160pp., engraved frontispiece and title (offset), 3 engraved plates (the final plate in two states printed on tinted paper), 3 woodcuts within the text. [Bound with:] 2. Historical Sketches of Scalby, Burniston, and Cloughton, with Descriptive Notices of Hayburn Wyke, and Stianton Dale, in the County of York. Scarborough: Printed and Published by John Cole, 1829. [6], 91, [1], iii, [1]pp., pp. 69 to 82 are numbered 1-14, containing the letter on the British Village at Cloughton, and printed on blue paper, the remainder of the book on a pink tinted paper, tipped-in engraved frontispiece (offset), title page with
Scarborough: Printed (only 50 copies) and Published by John Cole, 1827. [4], ii, 68pp., one of 50 copies, engraved portrait frontispiece, title page printed in red and black, 5 engraved plates, some light foxing. 3 works bound in one, 8vo (205 x 130 mm), cont. calf, rebacked, marbled boards. "Cole, John 1792-1848, bookseller and antiquary, of Northampton and Scarborough, was born on 3 Oct. 1792 at Weston Favell in Northamptonshire. He was apprenticed to Mr. W. Birdsall, a bookseller of Northampton, and began his literary career with a History of Northampton and its Vicinity in 1815. About two years later he married Susanna, second daughter of James Marshall of Northampton, and in 1817 purchased for 1,000l. the stock and goodwill of a bookseller at Lincoln. He printed his first Catalogue of Old Books at Lincoln in that year. He brought out a History of Lincoln in 1818, and then seems to have gone to Hull and afterwards to Scarborough, where we find him in 1821 publishing An Ænigmatical Catalogue of Books of Merit, on an entirely new plan. During the next ten years he issued most of his antiquarian and biographical works, many of which relate to Scarborough. He also helped Baker in his History of the County of Northampton. As unfortunate at Scarborough as at his previous dwelling-places, Cole tried Northampton once more, and opened a shop in the market square some time after 1830. He added to his small income by giving lectures on natural philosophy, &c... His literary activity was remarkable... They are usually of small size and tastefully printed and produced... Cole generally printed but few copies of his books, and usually a few were on coloured paper. Both for their rarity and as containing much out-of-the-way information they are sought after by Yorkshire and Northamptonshire collectors."—DNB. Provenance: Early armorial bookplate of James Rimington. Boyne, CCXCIX; CCC.
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