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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Notitia Parliamentaria.

WILLIS (Browne).

WILLIS (Browne).

Notitia Parliamentaria: or, an History of the Counties, Cities, and Boroughs in England and Wales. Shewing What Boroughs were anciently Parliamentary, but now disus'd. What do at this Day return to Parliament. Their Antiquities, Charters, Privileges, Lords, Churches, Monasteries, Government, Number of Electors, &c. To which are subjoin'd, Lists of all the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses, (as far as can be collected from Records) from the first Summons to Parliament, to this Time. With an Account of the Roman Towns in every Shire. What Nobility have been distinguish'd with Titles from each County. The Number of Parishes, Market-Towns, &c. therein. The whole extracted from MSS and printed Evidences. Attempted in an Alphabetical Order....

First Edition. 2 volumes. 8vo. [191 x 116 x 61 mm]. [4]ff, xl, 183, [1] pp; [3]ff, xii, 558, 10 pp. Bound in contemporary black goatskin, the volumes bound in a similar style but with different tools, the covers tooled in gilt with a double fillet border, a single fillet outer panel with an acorn tool at the corners on vol.1 and a fleuron on vol. 2, and volutes at the centre of each sides, mitred to a triple fillet inner panel. The spines divided into six gilt panels with triple fillet compartments, lettered in the second panels, the others tooled with central ornaments and corner scrolls, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with gilt rolls, marbled endleaves, gilt edges. (The spines slightly faded).
London: printed for Robert Gosling, at the Mitre and Crown against St. Dunstan's-Church in Fleet Street, 1715-1716.

A supplementary volume appeared many years later, in 1750. In vol. 2 pp.297-304 have been bound in twice. At first glance the bindings appear uniform, but the tools used on the two volume are all different. This may be explained by the year separating the publication dates. They are a distinguished pair of bindings - possibly designed for presentation. The first volume has a number of manuscript corrections.

Bookplate of P.W. Donner, covering the bookplate of John Wallop who was in 1727 made Viscount Lymington and in 1743 became the first Earl of Portsmouth. From the library at Hurstbourne Park, Hampshire.

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