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A Historical Tour Through Pembrokeshire

A Historical Tour Through Pembrokeshire

Richard Fenton A nicely bound first edition of Richard Fenton's extensive travel work on the Welsh country of Pembrokeshire, illustrated throughout, including with a folding map. The first edition of this work. A topographical work looking at Pembrokeshire. The author in particular focuses on the history and antiquities of the county. Whilst being educational and historical, this work is also a thoroughly entertaining read. The author took her tour with Sir Richard Colt Hoare, an English antiquarian and archeology. He was the first major figure to do a detailed study of Wiltshire. The two met whilst Hoare was touring Wales in 1793, and they then went on at least five tours of Wales together. Illustrated with a vignette title page, folding map, portrait of the author, and twenty-nine plates. Collated, bound without one plate, facing page 414 titled 'St. Govan's Chapel'. Otherwise complete. Written by Richard Fenton, a Welsh photographer, lawyer, and poet. He travelled extensively through Wales, and studied local records as he went. His other works include 'A Tour in Quest of Genealogy Through Several Parts of Wales, Somersetshire, and Wiltshire', and 'Memoirs of an Old Wig'. Upon the death of his uncle, Fenton took over his mercantile fleet. Condition: In a full crushed morocco binding. Externally, smart. Discolouration to the spine and boards. Minor rubbing to the spine. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and generally clean with the odd spot. Prior owner's ink inscription to the title page. Overall Condition: Very Good
1773-9 Complete English Traveller Modern Universal British Traveller

1773-9 Complete English Traveller Modern Universal British Traveller

N/a A beautifully bound pair of these extracts of topographical works, with these extracts focussing solely on Yorkshire. Illustrated throughout, including with folding maps. A two volume set. In a signed binding by Etherington Thorpe & Co LTD. Printed in double columns. The Yorkshire extracts only of the works 'Complete English Traveller', published 1773, and 'Modern Universal British Traveller', published 1779. Beautiful topographical works looking in great detail into Britain, with these volumes looking specifically at Yorkshire. 'Complete English Traveller' illustrated with a frontispiece, one folding map of Britain, one map of England and Wales, and six plates. 'Complete English Traveller' with the dedication, introduction, index, and list of subscribers. Written by Robert Sanders under the pseudonym Nathaniel Spencer. Sanders was a hack writer, his other works include 'The Newgate Calendar', 'The Christian's Divine Library', and 'The Lucubrations of Gaffer Graybeard'. 'The Modern Universal British Traveller' illustrated with a frontispiece, a folding map of Great Britain, and seven plates. 'The Modern Universal British Traveller' with a preface, introduction, general introduction to England, index, and list of subscribers. Written by Charles Burlington Condition: In a full panelled calf binding, a signed binding by Etherington Thorpe & Co LTD. Externally, smart. Tidemarks to the endpapers. Binder's label to the rear pastedowns. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and clean with just a couple of spots. 'Complete English Traveller' with an ink inscription to the head of the title page, and a small amount of loss of paper to the title page affecting two works. Light tidemark to the pages of both volumes, including to the folding maps. Small amount of loss to the margin of page 513/4 of 'Complete English Traveller', not affecting text. Overall Condition: Very Good
Observations on the Western Parts of England

Observations on the Western Parts of England, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, to Which are Added a Few Remarks on the Picturesque Beauties of the Isle of Wight

William Gilpin A nice first edition of William Gilpin's charming topographical work on the West of England, illustrated with beautiful aquatint plates. The first edition of this work. A charming travel work that focuses on the topography of the West of England, and the beauties of the scenery in that area of the country. A nice look at England at the turn of the century. Illustrated with eighteen aquatint plates. William Gilpin was an artist and priest. He was one of the first people to define the term 'picturesque', due to his knowledge and love of landscape paintings. He also wrote a great deal during his life, including biographies of Bernard Gilpin, Hugh Latimer, John Wiclif, and Thomas Cramner. Collated, complete. With one page of publisher's adverts to the rear. Bookplate to the front pastedown, 'F. C. Lukis'. Bookplate to the verso to the front endpaper, 'L. I. Coomer'. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front free endpaper, 'Marg. Lukis 1804'. Prior owner's ink inscription to the head of the title page, 'M. Lukis'. This is possibly Frederick Corbin Lukis, a Channel Islands archaeologist and antiquarian. Condition: In a full calf binding, rebound with the original boards restored. Externally, smart. Light bumping to the extremities. Some minor marks to the boards. Light surface cracks to the spine label. Bookplate to the front pastedown, and to the verso to the front endpaper. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front free endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and generally clean with the odd spot. Prior owner's ink inscription to the head of the title page. Overall Condition: Very Good
Respect du la Tete Couronnee

Respect du la Tete Couronnee, ou Expose Historique, Politique et Moral des Grands Evenemens Relatifs a la Pologne, en Reponse aux Ecrits Calomniant la Memoire de seu Stanislas Auguste, Dernier Roi Electif du Pologne

Ignacy Lada Lobarzewski A very scarce first edition of this French work, an in-depth history of Poland, written by Ignacy Lada Lobarzewski, an admirer of Stanislaw Poniatowski. The first edition of this work. A very scarce work. In French. With a half-title. The last leaf is an errata. This work is a concise yet in-depth history in Poland, discussing the politics and great events in Polish history. The work was written as a reply to slanderous works against Stanislaw August Poniatowski, who was the last elected King of Poland. He was a controversial figure, criticized for his failure to stand against the partitions. However he was a great patron of the arts and sciences, and a supporter of progressive reforms. In this work, Lobarzewski defends Poniatowski and his policies, as well as the leaders of Targowica. He was a supporter of absolutism in Russia, and an enemy of the revolution and Napoleon. The work has a very kind view on Polish history, the author writing with an affectionate tone. In this work Lobarzewski emphasizes Poland's contribution to the development of culture, and defends the country's good name. The author is believed to have some connection to Poniatowski, though it is not known what, though he was possibly a household member. Condition: In a half morocco binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, smart. A little rubbing to the extremities, with a small amount of loss to the head of the rear board. Small light marks to the boards and spine. Internall, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and clean with the odd spot. Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed