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The Weymouth Guide: Exhibiting the Ancient and Present State of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis; With a Description of Milton Abbey, Sherborne Castle, Lulworth Castle, the Island of Portland, and Every Other Place Worthy the Attention of Strangers who visit Weymouth. Embellished with a View of the Bay, and a Plan of Sandsfort Castle.
Printed for the Editor. Sold at the Library in St. Thomas's Street. [1789], Weymouth - 112pp. With lithographed frontispiece view of Weymouth Bay and an engraved folding plate of Sandsfoot Castle. Stitched within original marbled wraps. Slight creasing, some loss to spine. With the bookplate of Lord Walsingham to FEP. The second of three eighteenth-century editions of The Weymouth Guide, this, by far the scarcest, was the first to contain plates. Intended to include what the editor 'conceives most useful to Parties who visit the place for the benefit of AIR, and for SEA BATHING; to whom, as well as to PARTIES OF PLEASURE, it is hoped this little narrative will prove an useful as well as an entertaining companion. A 25pp section on the 'present state of Weymouth' reveals the eighteenth-century origins of the town as a resort, including all seven 'Rules and Orders' of the public rooms, with 'IV. That no Lady or Gentleman be permitted to dance in coloured gloves (italics!)' and 'VIII. That Gentlemen will be pleased to leave their swords (italics!) at the door' particularly anachronistic highlights. Detail of 'The Library, in St. Thomas Street', from where this work was obtainable within the town itself, suggests a well-patronised subscription establishment: 'established upwards of sixteen years.[containing] above eight thousand volumes (italics!), in English, French, Italian &c. which may be read on the following easy terms, viz. A Subscriber by the Year, Half a Guinea. For the Season, Five Shillings'. ESTC locates only four copies worldwide (BL, St. John's College Cambridge, Getty Center and NYPL). ESTC T66350. Size: 8vo. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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