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THE HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF THE COUNTY OF NORTHAMPTON- TWO VOLUMES
John Bowyer Nichols and Sons,, London 1822 - LARGE PAPER COPY IN THE ORIGINAL PARTS TWO VOLUMES IN FIVE PARTS. FIRST EDITION. Two volumes in 5 parts, 39 plates, the plates at the rear of Part IV are dampstained and 1 plate, Brington Grange is torn, list of subscribers on back cover of part V, bookplate of Sir Charles Langham in each volume, corners and spine edges worn and bumped, covers rubbed and slightly soiled and faded, uncut outer page edges, tissue guarded b&w image within, intermittent spotting throughout but overall pages clean, binding sound. Baker's Northamptonshire although never completed is considered with Bridge's County History written a century earlier to be the definitive book on the history and antiquities of Northamptonshire. The story of the writing and publishing of this work is a tragic one. Quite simply it took so long to publish each part, read the preface to each part, particularly Part V, that Baker ran out of money and was only saved from the poor house by the eccentric antiquarian Sir Thomas Phillips. The present copy is of particular interest. Sir Charles Langham, whose bookplate is in all five parts, is listed as being subscrube for a large paper copy. Also included is a receipt from Baker dated November 1841. just before he was forced to sell all his goods. Please note that due to the size of the books extra postage may be required if outside the UK. 20.5" x 13" [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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