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The Antiquities of England and Wales
London: Printed for Hooper & Wigstead. No. 212 High-Holborn, [n.d. circa 1787]. ?New edition?. seven of the volumes in three-quarter brown morocco over boards, spines with raised bands and lettered in gilt; volume VIII rebacked with modern brown smooth calf and with new endpapers. Bindings worn, volume I front covers detached (but present), hinges on several other volumes weak, all covers dust soiled, a few additionally with spot marks, interiors slightly foxed in places but overall very nice. Quarto. Eight volumes; the last being Supplement which includes the islands of Guernsey and Jersey Profusely illustrated with full page engravings of castles, monasteries, architectural drawings and maps. The frontispiece in volume VIII is a portrait of Grose With the bookplate of Mary Macmillin Norton in each volume ?Illustrative accounts of both [general history of ancient castles and terms relative to their construction etc.] are therefore here given, compiled from the best authorities; and as most of these buildings are either of the Saxon architecture, or of that stile commonly called Gothic ... Domesday-book being quoted in several descriptions ... In order to render every article as clear as possible, the verbal descriptions, where capable, are illustrated by drawings.? - from introduction. Francis Grose (1731 - 1791) was an eminent English antiquary. His father had secured a position in the College of Arms which he left in 1763. He has been left in comfortable circumstances by his father but entered into the Surrey militia of which he became an adjutant and paymaster. However, his lifestyle was such that he quickly found himself without funds. He had a talent for drawing and undertook a work which was published over a period of years, and quickly became very successful, ?Views of Antiquities in England and Wales? begun in 1773. He kept adding volumes to it and the islands of Guernsey and Jersey were completed in 1787.
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