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Fielding's New Peerage of England, Scotland & Ireland.



Fielding's New Peerage of England, Scotland & Ireland; The Origin & Progress of Honours; Manners of Creating Peers; Orders of Knighthood; Introduction to Heraldry; The genealogical Descents of Intermarriages of all the Sovereigns in Europe, &c &c.

Engraved frontispiece, title, dedication, and 77 plates of arms, orders etc.

First Edition. 12mo. [136 x 77 x 31 mm]. [2]ff, 183, [21] pp. Bound in contemporary calf, the covers with a gilt chain roll border, smooth spine, lettered on a red goatskin label and tooled with an urn, flowers and a bird, marbled endleaves, yellow edges. (Headcaps broken, crack in spine and head of the joints, rubbed).
London: for John Fielding, [1785?].

The frontispiece is dated Nov. 16th 1784. The title has a note at the foot: "Price 6s in Boards, 7/6 Calf Gilt & 9s in Morocco".

Bound with:

Fielding's Regal Tables. Or Genealogical Descent of all the Sovereign Princes in Europe; Their Titles, Successions, Descent, Inter-Marriages, and Issue. With the Situation, Extent, Antiquity, Government, Religion, and Number of Inhabitants in each Respective State.
Engraved folding frontispiece map and title, each with contemporary hand-colouring.
12mo. 76pp.
London: for John Fielding [1785?]

There is a note at the foot of the title: "These Tables, may be had bound up with Fielding's New-Peerage". ESTC treats the two works as both a single work and as two separate entities, but either way they are remarkably rare, with only five copies recorded, at the British Library, Bodleian, Whitchurch Rector's Library, Historical Society of Pennsylvania and University of Victoria. There were apparently two further editions, dated from internal evidence 1788 (British Library, Bodleian, National Trust, Library Company of Philadelphia and Northwestern University) and 1790 (Bodleian, National Trust, New York Public Library and Providence Public Library).

The binding shows somes signs of wear but it is an interesting example, with the spine treated in the style synonymous with the Scotts of Edinburgh. There is little light off-setting from a few of the plates but it is a good clean copy.

Ink inscription on front flyleaf: "H.J.R. Fox from her Mother. 1907".

Stock no. ebc3493

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Price: £300