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Rare large-paper copy. Eboracum: or, the History and Antiquities of the City of York


Eboracum: or, the History and Antiquities of the City of York, from its original to the present times; together with the history of the Cathedral Church, and the lives of the Archbishops of that See... Collected from authentick manuscripts, public records, ancient chronicles, and modern historians. And illustrated with copper plates. In two books. (28) + 627 + cx + (i) + (33)pp., 60 engraved plates (many folding) and 53 engravings in the letterpress. The two folding maps are hand-coloured. A very good large-paper copy bound in 19th century crushed morocco by F. Bedford. Gilt panelled spine, red morocco label, all-edges-gilt. Some foxing as usual. From the library of Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, 1st Baron Tweedmouth with his "Advance with Courage" bookplate. Boyne 57; ESTC 065433. folio. W. Bowyer for the Author. 1736. Just 96 large-paper copies are recorded in the list of subscribers, and it was advertised at double the price of the ordinary paper edition. Only 4 large paper copies have appeared at auction in the last 30 years. "It is Francis Place who is accredited with the first general views of the city in the 1670's; these drawings were essentially private and submitted to the public eye only in the form of engravings. Some of these engravings appeared later in Francis Drake's great history of York, published in 1736 and the first visual record of York available to the public." See The 2nd Citty of England p5.