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Manuscript Gazetteer of Exeter

 
Manuscript Gazetteer of Exeter by GODFERY, A (1874)

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Author: GODFERY, A
Title: Manuscript Gazetteer of Exeter
 
Year: 1874
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: Exeter
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
 
Price: £225
 
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Folio-sized (35x22cm) manuscript gazeteer of Exeter compiled by 'A Godfery' in the summer of 1874. The manuscript lacks an external binding and the first four pages as well as several clumps of excised pages including pp42-56 so that the text amount to 58 of 90 pages originally paginated. There is soiling and frequent damage to leaves sometimes where drawings and watercolours have been removed. The sewing however is intact and what survives of this manuscript is of outstanding interest.

Godfery, perhaps from the Exeter printing family of that name, has undertaken what Pevsner would call a 'perambulation' of central Exeter, recording in drawings and watercolours what he has seen, as well as supplying copies of earlier images to demonstrate the changing city-scape. So a contemporary drawing of the 'Site of Watergate' is contrasted with a copy of the Watergate as seen 'From Lyson's Devon, 1822'. Alongside the images is a simple text in Godfery's hand, now faded, which guides the reader and sometimes 'visitor' through the city streets.

Other watercolours include 'Church of St Edmund. A Godfery pinxit', which contrasts with 'St Edmund Street 1832'. There are two particularly interesting vignette watercolours of the Bonhay Pleasure Ground and 'View from the Bonhay Pleasure Ground' as well as 'St David's Station', a drawing of half timbered houses in Smythen Street and another drawing of the 'Site of South Gate'. There is a particularly detailed pen drawing of Exeter's Queen Street Station and one of a remarkably unchanged looking Baring Crescent. Other illustrations include Goldsmith St, Rack House Lane, St. Edmund St., Frog St., Mary Arches, Smythen Street and more. Additional pen & Ink drawings include All-Hallows on the wall church, Attwell Almshouses and Liverdole Almshouses.
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