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Some Account of London
Robert Faulder, London 1805 - ~Fairly recently rebound in green cloth, green gilt leather title label to spine. Some scuffing to boards, minor wear to base and top of spine. 4to (24 x 29cm). Hinges slightly slack. Page edges speckled green, browned. Replacement endpapers. Old tape traces to front and rear endpages at gutters, and to page of plates bound in before p. 207. Engraved title page, with 8cm tear at bottom gutter, still holding firm. Foxing to early pages, and scattered foxing throughout. Browning to some pages adjacent to plates. Ink blots to pp. 81-82, with minor loss to text (a couple of words obscured). Owner's signature, in attractive old hand, to blank front endpage: 'Maria Womersley'. Annotations to margins throughout, likely in the same hand, giving cross-references and updating references in the text (mentions of the new Customs House suggest that the annotations date from shortly after 1817). This early owner has also profusely supplemented the text with over 80 additional illustrations and newspaper cuttings, all taken from early early nineteenth century sources and chosen with care for their relevance to the text. These additions include two folding illustrations: one of Christopher Wren's plan for rebuilding London after the Great Fire, and another of London Bridge. All 15 original plates are present, although the illustration of a 'Bust of Charles the First' has been covered over with additional plates. The owner's note to the list of illustrations at rear of the volume reveals her reason for covering it: 'very bad' (struck through): 'erased'. The original book illustrations include fold-out map of London in the year 1563, and fold-out view of Aldersgate, and part of London Wall. Thomas Pennant (1726-1798), naturalist, traveller, and writer, first published his popular and lively Account of London in 1790. The annotations and additional illustrations added to this fourth edition of the text represent a unique personal response by an engaged and sensitive early reader, most likely the 'Maria Womersley' of the signed front endpage. Robust packaging. Size: 416, (8)pp [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: St Philip's Books, P.B.F.A., B.A.]
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