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A magnificent map”. Map of the County of Northumberland from An Actual Survey Made in the Years 1827 & 1828.

Greenwood, C & J. FIRST EDITION. Hand-coloured map approximately 190 cm x 144, dissected into 72 sections, laid onto linen with green border to edges, and folded into marbled boards approx 25 cm x 16. Titles to upper left corner, Star Compass Indicator to top right, Explanatory key and scale to lower left corner and vignette view of Alnwick Castle exterior to lower right corner, with original hand-colouring. Housed in bespoke two-part lined case in the design of a book, in full tree-calf with red calf label with gilt titles to spine and gilt ruling; all edges marbled. Scale: 1 inch to 1 Mile. Linen lightly toned and fabric edging a little rubbed at lower right corner otherwise a Fine copy. Case lightly scuffed with wear to corners and small mark to inner fitment where label has been removed. Detailed county map with distances in miles indicated along main roads, and major routes carried over county boundary with destinations given. It shows wards, towns, villages, hamlets, parishes, churches & chapels, castles, priories, houses, parks , woods and plantations, waste land, main roads, coal pits, mineral lines and rivers. Whitaker states that it is "A magnificent map" which though considerably earlier than the One-Inch OS maps for Northumberland, closely resembles them in style and execution. An excellent example of this important cartographical work, housed in a particularly handsome case. Whitaker, Maps of Northumberland No 405, p. 121.
The Italian Confectioner

The Italian Confectioner, or, Complete Economy of Desserts: Containing the Elements of the Art, According to the Most Modern and Approved Practice.

Jarrin, G. A. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp. xxiv, 272. Engraved portrait frontispiece of the Author. Later maroon half-morocco, recased with spine laid-on, with 5 raised bands, gilt titles and decoration to compartments and gilt ruling; red cloth-covered boards. Covers lightly scuffed with damp-staining to cloth to lower board. Prelims damp-stained; light foxing throughout. Ownership inscription to title page: "Rose, Cafe Royal". An attractive, solid copy. Guglielmo Alexis Jarrin (1784-1848) was Ornamental Confectioner at the celebrated Gunters of Berkeley Square, and the volume includes details of his own skills as well as continental practice. Reprinted a number of times and later updated with new material, the work represented the high point of artisan skill in the craft of decoration, using both edible and inedible materials to ornament the sweet creations, as well as providing recipes for preservation of fruit and making ices, jellies and syrups. Despite our best efforts we have been unable to identify 'Rose' at the Cafe Royal, but can only assume her to be a chef at the most famous London cafe of the 19th century. Haunt of Wilde, Crowley and D. H. Lawrence among many others the Cafe Royal was the place to be seen and was only a few minutes walk from Gunters on Berkeley Square. Scarce in the first edition and with an appealing and intriguing provenance. ODNB.