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Eboracumor the History and Antiquities of the City of York, from its Origin to this TimeIn Two Volumes
York - T. Wilson and R. Spence 1788 - A highly detailed andinfluential history of York, entitled Eboracum after the Roman name for the city. Together with an Account of the Ainsty or County of the Same, and a Description and History of the Cathedral Church, from Its First Foundation to the Present Year. Featuring sixteen of the original seventeen beautifullyillustratedcopperplates, including a folding map of York to the frontis of volume one. Francis Drake (January 1696 16 March 1771) was an English antiquary and surgeon, best known as the author of this work. Drake had always been interested in history and had inherited a number of historical manuscripts and, with the aid of a number of other historians and collectors, he started work. By April, 1731, Drake was asking the city corporation for permission to inspect the historical documents in its care, and the corporation, as well as allowing him to do so, voted him 50 towards the cost of acquiring and printing illustrations for his book. Another 50 was contributed by Lord Burlington, who had rescued Drake from an unjust imprisonment for debt and was the dedicatee of the book. The work was originally published in 1736, much of the cost having been borne by the 540 subscribers, who included the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London, but surprisingly, not the Archbishop of York, Lancelot Blackburne. Complete in two volumes. Condition: Rebacked in diced calf with gilt designs to the spines. Externally, wear to the spines and extremities and light marks to the boards. Loss to the head of the spine to volume two. Both front joints are cracked and strained. Internally, both volumes are firmly bound and bright throughout. Instances of very light foxing and some off-setting. Ebenezer Palmer bookseller's label to the front pastedown of volume one. Overall: GOOD [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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