London. S. Hooper. No date. Ca. 1787.
EIGHT VOLUMES, new edition, tall octavo. Large folding handcolored index map, 54 hand colored half page county maps, numerous engravings and some plans. Two early gatherings in volume 1 transposed without loss (pp. 33-40 and 41-48), plan of Barnard Castle in volume 2 bound in upside down, occasional browning particularly on early leaves of volume 8, some offsetting of color onto verso of maps. Richly bound in calf covered boards and decorative spines gilt, dentelles, ribbon markers, marbled endpapers, a most handsome set in good firm condition. A few pages considerably browned (mostly not affecting images), one tiny edge tear to title page of volume one (no pages missing). Map of Merionshire appears never to have been bound in. A highly desirable set in beautiful leather binding. The 160 page preface to the work in volume 1 and its addenda includes comment on castles, monasteries, architecture, Domesday Book and druidical monuments. The county index follows and continues in the subsequent volumes, detailing much interesting information regarding the antiquities of each county concluding with further information in volume 8, the supplement volume. The map of Rutland is also placed here. Item #38602