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History and Antiquities of Worcester [extra illus]

History and Antiquities of Worcester [extra illus] by GREEN, Valentine [etc] (1796)

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Author: GREEN, Valentine [etc]
Title: The History and Antiquities of the City and Suburbs of Worcester. Finely Bound and Extra illustrated with 152 engravings & Letters
Year: 1796
Publisher: Printed for the author by W. Bulmer and Co. and sold by G. Nicol, bookseller to His Majesty, Edwards, White, Cadell, Payne, Robson, Stockdale, Leigh and Sotheby, Egerton, Hookham and Carpenter, Shepperson and Reynolds; and in Worcester, by Smart, Tymbs, H
Place: London and Worcester
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £1500
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[2 vols] Magnificently extra-illustrated with engravings of the Gunpowder Plotters, the 1749 'building for the Fireworks & Illuminations exhibited on the Banks of the Severn' as well as manuscript letters from the Duke of Beaufort to the Earl of Orrery (1711) and a delicate eighteenth century pencil sketch of Edward Somerset (2nd Marquis of Worcester). Bound in deep blue crushed morocco, all edges gilt, bookplate of George Higginson Allsopp, MP for Worcester (1847-1907) whose collection this represents. Both volumes have been profusely extra illustrated with an additional 127 pages of engravings and manuscript material. Two outstanding engravings appear in the second volume: 'Concilium Septem Nobilium' (16.5x9cm platemark) by Crispijn van de Passe who depicts the Gunpowder conspirators, hugger mugger, in the best known of representations of the men, seen here in the second version of the engraving with text below the image. Alongside a great variety of topographical and portrait images, Taylor's large 1749 engraving of the 'Building for the Fireworks & Illuminations' (40x27cm) represents the temporary building erected by the Severn to celebrate the 1749 Treat of Aix La Chapelle, minor loss to 2cm square, centre of top edge (made good with pen) and loss to bottom right corner. The first letter, near the end of Vol I is written on a folded bifolium from 'Beaufort', Henry Somerset, The Duke of Beaufort, to Charles Boyle, 4th Earl of Orrery recommending 'Sig.r Francis Novarro Secretary of War for King Charles in Brussels and Sig.r Jeromy De La Nava a Spanish Officer', Beaufort stressing in a postscript the urgency of this 'particular obligation'. Earlier in the volume and window-mounted, the Bishop of Worcester writes to the Governor of the Bounty of Queen Anne on behalf of George Clevely Minister or Curate of Bengworth in Worcestershire (1762). Valentine Green's account of the Stuart era, especially the Civil War and the narrative of the future Charles II's escape at Boscobel attract particularly rich extra-illustration, both window mounted and in the case of the larger engravings tipped in; additionally the pencil portrait of Edward Somerset, incomplete except for the beautifully rendered royalist inventor's face and lustrous locks. A detailed biography of Somerset has been penned on the verso of the drawing, probably in an eighteenth century hand. A fine set.
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