History, Illustrated, Topography - Quantity: 1
|Edition:||1st Edition Thus|
|Publication year oldest item:||1765|
|Author/ Illustrator:||William Dugdale|
|Book Title:||The Antiquities of Warwickshire Illustrated|
|Number of Books:||1|
|Subject:||History, Illustrated, Topography|
¬THE RARE AND IMPORTANT COVENTRY-PRINTED 1765 UPDATED EDITION OF WILLIAM DUGDALE’S ‘THE ANTIQUITIES OF WARWICKSHIRE’ – THE GREATEST OF ALL ENGLISH COUNTY HISTORIES
ILLUSTRATED BY MORE THAN 200 ENGRAVINGS BY WENCESLAUS HOLLAR, AS WELL AS DUGDALE’S ORIGINAL MAPS OF THE HUNDREDS OF WARWICKSHIRE
FURTHER ILLUSTRATED BY A GLORIOUS BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF BLITHE HALL – WILLIAM DUGDALE’S COUNTRY HOUSE – AND A SET OF UPDATED MAPS OF WARWICKSHIRE AND ITS HUNDREDS BY HENRY BIGHTON ENGRAVED IN 1729-30 FROM A 1725 SURVEY.
ONE OF THE ILLUSTRATIONS IS THE EARLIEST DEPICTION OF SHAKESPEARE’S MONUMENT IN STRATFORD-UPON-AVON.
The full title reads as follows:
“The Antiquities of Warwickshire Illustrated. / From Records, / Leiger-Books, / Manuscripts, / Charters, / Evidences, / Tombes, and / Armes. / Beautified / With Maps, Prospects and Portraictures. / By William Dugdale. / … / Coventry, / Re-Printed by John Jones, facing the Cross, in the Year of our Lord God, M, DCC, LXV .”
DUGDALE SPENT 25 YEARS RESEARCHING THIS GREAT WORK, concerning which Whitaker states the following:
“This celebrated county history, the result of twenty years’ indefatigable research, is not only considered the chef-d’oeuvre of Sir William, but in the words of Mr. Gough, ‘it must stand at the head of all our county histories.’ There are works which scrupulous accuracy, united with stubborn integrity, has elevated to the rank of legal evidence. Such is Dugdale’s Warwickshire.”
DNB states the following:
“The history of the towns is briefly given, with speculations on the meanings of the placenames. Regional commodities are noted. But the main business is to record the families associated with each place, to record their notable deeds and to list their intermarryings and burials. The hundreds of coats of arms that fill the pages make it clear that genealogy is the prime concern of the book. …
"The bulk of the volume consists of pedigrees and histories of county families, in conjunction with accounts of the places where they were settled, and of religious and charitable foundations and their founders, all of them remarkable for general accuracy, and accompanied by constant references to authorities. Jeremy Taylor, acknowledging a presentation copy, spoke of the volume as ‘very much the best of anything that ever I saw in that kind’; and Anthony à Wood could not find language adequate to describe how his ‘tender affections and insatiable desire of knowledge was ravished and melted down by the reading of that book.”
The volume is paginated as follows: (8), 218, (9). It comprises 14 folding plates and maps (including the folding frontispiece), 23 full-page plates, plans and views, and about 200 in-text engravings of widely varying sizes. The volume measures 32.9 cm by 23.1 cm by 5.1 cm; each leaf measures about 328 mm by 217 mm.
Since this Coventry edition was printed in relatively small numbers (and probably on a small budget), there is a great deal of uncertainty in the bibliographical record about what constitutes a complete copy with respect to preliminaries and maps. A number of examples seem to have been issued without some or all of Jones’ new preliminary material, comprising his ‘Letter to the Public’ and his ‘Directions to the Book-Binder.’ The present example includes Jones’ ‘Letter’ but not his ‘Directions’ (a typescript facsimile has been bound-in). Equally, we cannot trace an example in auction record (or any other source) that clearly states it contains Dugdale’s map of Warwickshire, but there are several that could not have contained it based on the count of maps provided. It seems likely, therefore, that Dugdale’s map may never have been included, or that the number of county and hundred-maps varied between copies at the time of printing. Significantly, our copy contains all of Bighton’s updated maps for the county and its hundreds, as well as Dugdale’s original maps for the hundreds.
THE VOLUME IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. The plates are generally excellent impressions, though, as in all copies, some show a little weakness because they were 100 years old by the time of printing. The leaves are generally clean and bright, with clear print and ample margins throughout. There is occasional mild toning, which is a little more notable on the title page. The folding frontispiece show minor restoration at the lower margin and upon one fold near the upper edge of the image (causing very slight loss to the sky, and remaining unobtrusive). Jones’ ‘Letter to the Public’ is restored at the upper outer corner, not affecting the text.
The binding is of 18th century speckled calf, rebacked with a richly gilt spine in the late 19th or early 20th century. The hinges and book-block are very strong. The boards are somewhat scuffed, though the leather is still fairly bright, and the edges and corners are expertly restored to style.
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