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The Environs of London being an historical account of the towns, villages, and hamlets, within twelve miles of that capital; interspersed with biographical anecdotes.
London, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1792–1800 - 5 volumes, quarto. Bound in contemporary full tan calf, 2 black labels, gilt titles and decoration to spines, gilt decorative border to boards, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Volume II lacks the contents page and the list of plates otherwise the set is complete. Expertly rebacked, some general wear, a little browning and offsetting, otherwise very good. With 5 vignette titles, 1 letterpress title, 3 maps (Surrey, Middlesex, Kent), dedication plate and 85 plates. First edition of the principal work of the topographer Daniel Lysons (1762-1834), produced with the keen support of Horace Walpole, to whom the work is dedicated. Many areas which were "environs" to Lysons are now firmly inside London, including Battersea, Bermondsey, Camberwell, Lambeth, Chelsea, Finchley, Fulham, Hackney, Islington, Kensington, and Tottenham. As Walpole himself predicted in 1791, "There will soon be one street from London to Brentford; ay, and from London to every village ten miles around!" Lowndes II p.1423. [Attributes: First Edition]
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