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Pennant, Thomas:

History of London, Westminster, and Southwark: Illustrated with Portraits, Views, Historical Prints, Medals, &c. Together with an Appendix and Index. London: printed for Edward Jeffery [...] by B. McMillan, 1814


2 vols., 4to., pp.[ii], vi, 148 + 122 plates; [ii], 149-381, [i] + 108 plates. Extra illustrated. Sporadic foxing especially affecting a few plates towards the rear of vol.II, occasional offset toning from a plate to the adjacent text (including the title-page to vol.I), vol.II pp.269-70 has a long horizontal paper flaw affecting the first line of text on each page. Scarlet straight-grain morocco sympathetically rebacked. Raised bands to spines with gilt tooling and titles, gilt and blind borders to each board, a.e.g., gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. Endcaps, joints and edges rubbed, corners a little worn, endpapers split at hinges but binding completely sound. A very good, attractively-bound and extra illustrated set.


To the final compartment of each spine a gilt monogram composed of two Cs and a W. To each front paste-down a bookplate with the arms and motto of Carpenter and showing the coronet of an Earl. To each title-page the inscription of Sarah (?), surname sadly illegible but not Carpenter.


The ‘Advertisement to the Present Edition’ states that (the previous quarto edition being out of print and the folio ‘extremely rare’) the publisher was ‘induced’ to create this new edition of 175 quarto copies and 25 folios. The new production features an appendix and index not found in the earlier edition, and was produced without illustrations. However, ‘for the purchasers who choose to amuse themselves in the pursuit of illustrating [...] an assortment of some hundreds of portraits, views, medals, and historical prints, may be had, together or separate, at the Publisher’s.’ The original owner of this copy has pursued illustrating to the tune of 230 plates in total, mostly portraits and architectural views but with some medals and other subjects, including a folding plate with a colour depiction of the Great Fire.