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The History And Antiquities of Lewes And Its Vicinity [2 VOLUMES]
Lewes J. Baxter and 1827 1824 - FIRST EDITION. Half brown leather bindings,10.5 (27 cms) x 8.5 (21 cms) inches approx., shelf space 3.00 (7.5 cms) inches approx., leather to spines and corners, banded spines, gilt titles against maroon leather labels to spines, paper covered marbled boards brown and cream, some rubbing to leather, background scuffing to paper boards, plain endpapers, these volumes are in a generally smart and tight condition, very good indeed when taking into acccount of their age and use. Fully illustrated throughout with engravings. Volume I, Published in 1824, Front free endpaper has two neatly hand written inscriptions one being 'Richard Wisdom 1866' plus a later signature dated 1958. Some foxing to pages but all fully readable and clearly defined, the book begins with a fold out sketch view of Lewes from South Street, lithographic drawing by F Pollard, this is adjacent to the title page which which is decorated with a small vignette of Lewes castle, preliminaries xiv these include Preface, List of Subscribers, List of Plates, Fold-out plan of the Borough of Lewes with Cliff and Southover from Analytical Survey by J Marchant, 388 pages, followed by Appendices i-xivi, including Outlines of Natural History of the Environs of Lewes, by Gideon Mantell, Members of Parliament, List of Constables etc, the volume concludes with Index i-v, publishers advertisement to reverse of v.: Volume II, Published in 1827, Title page states the given title plus Vol. II Containing a Description of the Environs, title page has with vignette of ancient trees, handwritten inscriptions to front free endpapers as in Vol. I, (loose) tissue protected frontispiece of 'Ashcombe, The property of Sir George Shiffner Bart.,' Preface vi, 268 pages followed by Appendices, i-xxv, including Translation of the Grant of Henry VIII to Lady Anne of Cleves and other historical documents, The Itinerary fo Sussex in Two Parts, this is followed by the index. Minor tears to extreme bottom edge of page xxiv-xxv, the index has clearly been well used, a little loose at hinge. These volumes have both been professionally bound and given minor repairs to a few pages in the distant past. A wide ranging history and assessment of Lewes. A rare and prostigous work about Lewes and its surroundings in Sussex. Ideal addition to any collection of Sussex books and a perfect acquisition for devotees of Lewes who live there or have family connections with its past. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Horsham Rare Books]
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