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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

A Topographical Description

HOUSMAN (John).

HOUSMAN (John).

A Topographical Description of Cumberland, Westmoreland, Lancashire, and a Part of The West Riding of Yorkshire; Comprehending, First, A General Introductory View. Secondly, A more detailed Account of each County; its Extent, General Appearance, Mountains, Caves, Rivers, Lakes, Canals, Soils, Roads, Minerals, Buildings, Market-Towns, Commerce, Manufactures, Agriculture, Antiquities, and the Manners and Customs of its Inhabitants. Thirdly, A Tour through the most interesting Parts of the District; describing, in a concise and persipicious Manner, such Objects as are best worth the Attention of the curious Traveller and Tourist. Illustrated with Various Maps, Plans, Views, and other Useful Appendages.

Hand-coloured folding engraved map of the soils (tear at fold), folding maps of Liverpool and Manchester & Salford (torn without loss), two folding maps of the Lakes, single-page plans of Kendal and Lancaster and six views.

First Edition. 8vo. [215 x 134 x 43 mm]. xi, [i], 175, [4], 178-376, 371-386, 393-536, [2] pp. Contemporary binding by A. Weightman of Penrith (with green printed label inside front cover) of tree calf, smooth spine divided into six panels by a gilt chain pallet and double gilt fillets, lettered in the second on a black goatskin label, the others with a large centre tool, the edges of the boards hatched in gilt, plain endleaves, sprinkled edges.
Carlisle: printed by Francis Jollie, and sold by C. Law, and W. Clarke in London, 1800

With the final leaf of Additions and Errata. ESTC indicates that there was also a final leaf of advertisements, but this is not present. Occasional light foxing and browning, especially around plates, but a very good copy in a handsome binding. Weightman of Penrith (in Cumberland) is listed by Ramsden, Bookbinders of the United Kingdom (outside London) 1780-1840, p.171, with reference to G. D. Hobson, English Bindings in the Library of J. R. Abbey, p.194, and a copy of Bentley's Designs for Six Odes by Grey (1753), bound in russia leather c.1800 by Weightman, with his ticket, for Lowther Castle, and sold at Sotheby's, 27/3/1921, lot 158.

The work is addressed to Mrs Howard of Corby. Housman invited corrections for future editions, and seven further editions were published in Carlisle, the last in 1817.

Ink signature ("William Lamb"?) dated 1817 on front endleaf and ink stamp of E. Simpson of Austwick, via Lancaster, on title. Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst.

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