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Oxonia Illustrata,

LOGGAN David] 1635-1700? The first accurate representation of all the buildings and gardens of the university. VG+, 1675, 1st ed, 5 eng. leaves + 40 stunning plates, as called for. In contemporary boxed calf, elaborate gilt tooling. Spine, raised bands, gilt tooling & titles, some loss at edges. Internally, 4 engraved preliminary leaves (ie Title leaf, Dedication leaf, Privilege leaf, Spectator leaf), plus the Engraved Index leaf to the rear, with 40 plates (39 double leaf, 1 triple leaf & includes 3 plates with 2 views each), red marbled endpapers, a.e.g., short old paper repair to 1 leaf along print line, last leaf chipped at bottom corner, book plate to fpd (DG Humphreys), a few chips to edges, some light offsetting to text leaves. But a Very Good + copy of an uncommon book! (305*441 mm) 'The Oxonia Illustrata was evidently intended as a companion to Wood's History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford, published in 1674, for the table of contents gives, opposite each plate, a reference to the page of that work where the history of the building represented is to be found; and the two books were given together by the university to distinguished visitors.' (DNB). Madan 3035; RIBA II:1914; Wing L-2838. Loggan, artist and engraver whose meticulously detailed views were the first accurate representation of all the buildings and gardens of the university, and they have been an invaluable quarry for historians, antiquaries, and topographers ever since. See ODNB. A mezzotint portrait of James, Duke of Ormond is sometimes prefixed to this volume, but does not belong to it - Lowndes p1384.
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The Life and Raigne of King Henry the Eighth.

HERBERT of Cherbury, Edward Lord 1582?-1648. VG+, 1st ed, 1649. In contemporary full speckled calf, corners & edges a little bumped & worn, some blind edge tooling. New spine to style, raised bands, blind tooling, titles in gilt to red calf label. Internally, [10], 79, 90-203, [19], 185-404, 369-575, [1], [9] index, [1], odd pagination but complete. new old endpapers, title page in red & black, within double ruled borders, 2 contemporary ink name to tp, tip tear to p567/8 & 137/8. (Super Octavo, 179*281 mm). (ESTC R15909. Alibone 828). Herbert, Edward, first Baron Herbert of Cherbury and first Baron Herbert of Castle Island, diplomat and philosopher, who following the death of his wife in October 1634, began work on The Life and Raigne of King Henry the Eighth. In writing it he made use of materials in official archives and in the Cotton Library, which had been closed to the public since 1629. To help his researches, in which he was assisted by Thomas Master of New College, Oxford, Herbert was provided with apartments in Hampton Court Palace. In a petition in January 1635 he asked permission to move to Whitehall or St James's in order to be more conveniently placed to use the records in the former and the library in the latter. As a good historian he was prepared to contrast what was widely said to have happened with what is stated in the documents. While the work was completed in 1639, it was not published until 1649. Although it too failed to gain any significant mark of royal approval, it was long regarded as a standard, authoritative study of the reign. ODNB.
An Authentic Account of An Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China;

An Authentic Account of An Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China;

STAUNTON George Sir 1737-1801 VG+, 1st ed, 1797, 3 volumes (2 of text, 1 of plates), 44 pls, 26 illustrations within text, 2 portrait frontispieces, 1 engraved illustration (full page). In uniform modern, to style, half calf over red marbled boards, gilt tooling. Spines, raised bands, gilt tooling, gilt titles & tooling to red morocco labels, Vol no's to black morocco label. Internally, Vol 1, 1797, portrait frontis, [2], [3], (iv-xxxiv), [1], 2-518 pp, 1 pl, 6 illustrations, 255*319 mm. Vol 2, 1797, portrait frontis, [3], (iv-xx), [1], 2-626 pp, 2 pls, 20 illust, 255*319 mm. Vol 3, nd, 44 plates ( including 1 triple & 6 double leaf), 422*567 mm. New endpapers, ink name to ffep of V1 (JD Stephens, Hong Kong 1881) & semi erased red ink name & small stamp to advert leaf, text block watermarked J Whatman 1794, plate volume J Whatman 1794, large map dated 1893, small hole to margin of 1 map (14), very occasional spot, some faint edge browning, & light offsetting to titles. Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. (ESTC T103540. Lowendahl 697. Lust 545/547). In 1792 Staunton was appointed principal secretary to Lord Macartney's embassy to China. The embassy sought to improve commercial relations with China, through Canton (Guangzhou), and to establish regular diplomatic relations between the two countries. Though Macartney and Staunton had an audience with the emperor their proposals were rebuffed. Macartney kept a detailed journal of his embassy, while in 1797 Staunton published his own, well-known account of this unsuccessful mission, which was later translated into French and German. In China he closely observed and noted all that he saw, and during expeditions he was able to collect botanical specimens. His son, George Thomas, then just twelve years old, accompanied him to China as page to Lord Macartney, and was the only member of the mission who bothered to learn Chinese! See ODNB.
London; being an accurate History and Description of the British Metropolis and its Neighbourhood

London; being an accurate History and Description of the British Metropolis and its Neighbourhood, to Thirty Miles extent,

HUGHSON David [ie PUGH David & or Edward] 1757?-1813/19? 6 Vols, 1805?-1809, 157 pls (152 called for - B&W, includes maps & plans, 8 folding), 108 illustrations within text (including 1 full page). In uniform late c1970's half calf over red marbled boards. Spines, blind tooling. gilt titles to red calf label. Internally, Vol 1, not dated (but 1805), J Robins & C0, 2 frontis, [5], 10-680 pp, [1], (ii-xvi), 9 pls (7 folding, 4 of which are plans), 2 pagination errors. Vol 2, ND, Joseph Robins and Sons, 57, Tooley Street, [3], 4-560 (but 540) pp, [1], (ii-xvi), 12 pls (including 1 folding map with gutter tear), 36 detailed illustrations within text. Vol 3, 1806, J Stratford, No 112, Holborn-Hill, frontis, [3], 4-640 p, [1], (ii-viii), 12 pls, 38 illustrations within text (including 1 full page). Vol 4, 1811, J Stratford, frontis, [3], 4-488, 473-479, 498-595 pp (odd pagination but complete), [1], [1], (ii-viii), 31 pls, 34 illustrations. Vol 5, J Robins and Co, Albion Press, Ivy Lane, [3, 4-476 pp, [1], (ii-viii), 36 pls (included 1 map, large, folding with 1 short gutter tear & 1 longer tear along fold). Vol 6, [1809], J Stratford, No 112, Holborn-Hill, frontis, [3], 4-584 pp, [1], (ii-viii) index, [4] pl list, 57 pls. Bound a little tightly, some offsetting & foxing, new endpapers, evidence of removed bookplates to fpds. Pagination errors to V1, 2, 3 & 4 but complete. (130*213 mm average). David Hughson is the pseudonym of David Pugh (British Museum General Catalogue) and of Edward Pugh (NUC).